Don Barton, Jacksonville Filmmaker (1930-2013)

Jacksonville filmmaker, producer, and director Don Barton died this month. Barton spent much of his life promoting the motion picture industry in Florida. These days, he is best known for his 1971 feature-length cult classic Zaat about a radioactive half-man, half-catfish monster bent on destroying the world. However, the greater body of his work included documentaries, training films, and commercials promoting Florida. Several of these films are in the collections of the State Archives, including:

Design for Winning Florida Department of Citrus promotional film featuring Steve Spurrier


Sailfish City Florida State Advertising Commission film on fishing for sailfish off Fort Pierce Inlet


A Day at the Zoo Promotional film about the Jacksonville Zoo