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Actor Kevin Costner walks across the South Dakota set of “Dances With Wolves” in 1989. Jim Lintz’s first opportunity to work in the movie business came when he was hired to work as a medic on the set of the movie filming near Caputa. When­Lintz­stood­his­ground­and­insisted­Shellenberg­go­to the­ER­immediately,­the­actor­suggested­talking­to­the­director.­ “So­I­talked­to­the­director­and­I­said,­at­the­most­he’s­got­10 minutes­and­then­he’s­going­to­the­hospital,”­recalls­Lintz.­“The director­argued­with­me­for­a­minute­and­he­said,­‘We­can­do it.’­So­they­made­their­shot­and­we­went­to­the­hospital­and­he was­having­an­appendicitis­attack.­He­got­there­just­shortly­be- fore­it­burst.” Through­the­years­the­scenic­ranch­has­been­used­as­a­loca- tion­for­filming­nearly­a­dozen­movie­scenes.­Those­films­have included­ several­ BBC­ documentaries­ (in­ which­ Brian­ was sometimes­used­as­an­extra­in­crowd­scenes)­and­a­two-hour National­ Geographic­ documentary­ called­ “America­ Before Columbus.”­Lintz­says­that­program­has­aired­two­or­three times­a­year­since­it­premiered­in­2009.­ Lintz’s­film­work­hasn’t­all­been­behind­the­scenes,­how- ever.­In­the­mid-’90s­he­had­the­fourth­leading­acting­role­in­a never-released­movie­entitled­“Roads”­that­was­set­at­the­Stur- gis­Motorcycle­Rally.­ “I­was­the­leader­of­a­motorcycle­gang­from­Pennsylvania named­Big­Ivy,”­said­Lintz.­ In­the­movie­his­character­married­a­woman­in­Sturgis.­ “She­got­killed­in­Nemo­and­I­threw­the­bad­guy­off­a­cliff in­Vanocker­Canyon.” However,­Lintz­says­the­producers­never­got­the­movie­mar- keted­due­to­licensing­issues.­ “They­had­the­Grateful­Dead­do­the­music­score­and­be- cause­of­that,­they­could­never­get­enough­money­to­satisfy their­Grateful­Dead­contract,”­he­said.­ After­several­years­of­working­with­Turner­and­other­pro- duction­ companies,­ Lintz­ was­ going­ to­ start­ traveling­ with Turner­to­movie­sets­in­other­parts­of­the­country­when­the company­quit­making­movies.­ Mines & Marshals It­is­perhaps­not­surprising­that­the­Lintz­family­would­end up­working­in­the­film­industry.­After­all,­the­story­of­the­fam- ily’s­pioneering­history­in­the­Black­Hills­would­make­an­ex- cellent­movie­plot­in­itself.­ “My­great-grandfather­Jim­Lintz­ran­away­from­home­in Tennessee­in­1887­at­the­age­of­13­because­his­step-father­was abusive,”­says­Lintz. The­ elder­ Jim­ Lintz—officially­ James­ Madison­ Lintz— came­to­Dakota­Territory­that­year­with­his­two­older­brothers, William­and­John­Henry.­ At­first­the­three­Lintz­brothers­settled­on­the­prairie­between Hermosa­and­Fairburn,­but­later­moved­to­Keystone­where­they did­some­logging­and­gold­mining.­James­Lintz­even­bought­a gold­mine­and­later­became­a­sort­of­informal­town­marshal.­­ “Of­course­they­were­big­guys,”­said­Lintz­“so­they­were sort­of­the­law­in­Keystone.”­ Naturally,­that­put­them­in­some­dicey­situations,­like­the time­James­had­an­almost­fatal­run-in­with­a­group­of­Mexican DOWN COUNTRY ROADS 17