Dr. Walther Barth, 1929, 16mm, b&w, silent with new score by Kyle Hamlett, 8:11
Location: Zschornewitz, Germany
Shown at Home Movie Day Knoxville
Transfer by Movette Film Transfer
Film courtesy of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound
Copyright the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound
Thanks to: Bradley Reeves, Louisa Trott, Kyle Hamlett
About the Film
Walther Barth’s son William (now deceased) donated the film to the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) in 2008 as part of a 101 reel 16mm film collection. FEE shows a young Barth with an unidentified girlfriend. The films of the Barth Collection start in Germany in 1927 and continue into the early 1960s, long after Barth moved to the United States. Barth worked for Agfa in Germany, and later Binghamton, New York. Barth visited both Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains during the 1930s, shooting 16mm home movies, and then moved to Knoxville late in life (1970s), to be closer to his son, then working at the University of Tennessee.
Zschornewitz is a village and a former municipality on the southwestern edge of the Wittenberg district in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The Zschornewitz Power Plant, seen in the background, was once the world’s biggest brown-coal-fired power station.
About the Music
Kyle Hamlett is a musician living and working in Nashville. In addition to leading experimental music ensemble lylas, he creates music for film and theatre.