Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne (directors) are documentary filmmakers based in Iowa and the founders of Northland Films. Their debut nonfiction feature, Pond Hockey, an ode to outdoor ice hockey, has been called “the best hockey movie ever” by ESPN, and broadcast across North America on PBS. Gold Fever, an examination of a destructive gold mining operation on a remote village in the Guatemalan highlands won the 2013 International Federation for Human Rights Film Award and has screened in 35 countries worldwide. Sherburne is the co-founder of FilmScene, a nonprofit cinema in Iowa City, Iowa where Haines serves on the Board of Directors. The tandem have served on festival juries and currently curate the well-regarded Vino Vérité screening series. Saving Brinton, their most recent feature has played at AFI Docs, Rotterdam, Doc NYC and numerous festivals around the globe. It has been hailed as “a cinephile’s delight” by The Hollywood Reporter.
In rural Iowa, a beloved history teacher uncovers the century-old showreels of one of America's first motion picture impresarios and sets out to premiere the films at the world's oldest continuously operating movie theater.