A BIG Lone Pine "THANK YOU"
to all our Lone Pine 24th Film Festival
Guests & Sponsors
We hope to see you next year OCTOBER 10th, 11th & 12th for our
25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY
we will start posting information in March 2014
To sign up for our Newsletter - click here
"Lone Pine, Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West" is the theme for the 24th annual Lone Pine Film Festival being held October 11-13, 2013. The theme pays tribute to the magnificent landscape of the Eastern Sierras and Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine.
A diverse group of actors who graced the silver screen in films shot in our backyard will be joining us. Emmy Award winning actress Mariette Hartley may be best known for her series of Polaroid commercials with James Garner in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it is her work with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea in Ride the High Country that brings her to Lone Pine this year. Clu Gulager’s 50-plus year career in television is highlighted by two NBC Western series in which he co-starred, The Tall Man and The Virginian. LQ Jones worked in Lone Pine with a number of Hollywood legends including Randolph Scott, Audie Murphy, Joel McCrea and Steve McQueen. As a child actor, Billy King worked in Lone Pine in three Hopalong Cassidy Westerns in late 1930s. Dean Smith began his stunt career in Lone Pine on The Law and Jake Wade in 1958, and ended it in Lone Pine working as a stunt man on Maverick, in 1994. Andrew Prine, still active after more than 55 years making movies, joins us once again after an absence of several years. Lone Pine’s sweetheart, Peggy Stewart, a major leading lady from the heyday of the B-Westerns and serials in the 1940s and still working today, will be with us again this year. Diamond Farnsworth, who has been involved in numerous films and TV series, most recently stunt coordinator on the show NCIS, teams with Loren Janes, stuntman and the long time stand-in/stunt double for Steve McQueen to round out or confirmed guest lineup
These celebrities will join with noted film critic and TV personality Leonard Maltin and western historian Ed Hulse who will be hosting our celebrity panels. There they will share first-hand stories and memories of their colorful careers working with legends like John Wayne, Randolph Scott and Hopalong Cassidy.
In addition, David Rothel, who has authored over 20 western books including Who Was that Masked Man? The Story of the Lone Ranger and Sidekicks, will present programs discussing his works published by the Lone Pine Museum of Western Film History.
And true to our theme – Lone Pine—Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West—the museum staff will bring you 15 exciting location tours including four new ones – Arches of the Alabama Hills, Audie Murphy; A Real - Reel Hero, Django Unchained and Westward Ho!. Returning to Lone Pine for the first time in 50 years, Billy King will participate in two tours, “Billy King Remembers Hopalong Cassidy” and provide commentary to Don Kelsen’s Secrets of the Wasteland tour.
A special Kick-Off concert - “Celebrate America” will follow the annual Museum reception, Thursday evening October 10th and feature R.W. Hampton & Belinda Gail.
Add a weekend rodeo round-up, vendors, book signings, breath-taking views, Wild West entertainment and a Lone Pine Film Festival tradition - the Sunday "Main Street" Parade - "the best small town parade in America."
The Lone Film History Museum of Film History is dedicated to preserving the diverse movie history of California's Eastern Sierras, including Lone Pine and points North and the Death Valley region. Located on Highway 395 on the south end of town, the museum’s 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an eighty-five seat movie theater and gift shop offer visitors a unique experience helping to document and interpret the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifact preservation and exhibits.
However, the museum's largest exhibit is its “Back Lot” – The Alabama Hills, just to the west of town. Since the early 1920s, these rugged, rounded rock formations and meandering gullies have played a "starring role" as Hollywood’s Western backdrop for cowboy action thrillers featuring Hopalong Cassidy, Randolph Scott, Gene Autry, Tim Holt and Roy Rogers. William Shatner, Kevin Bacon and Robert Downey Jr. have all filmed in the shadow of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, in such films as Star Trek, Tremors, and Ironman.Come visit and enjoy a very unique film experience … and join us each Columbus Day weekend for our annual Lone Pine Film Festival honoring the heroes and heroines of the silver screen. Mingle with celebrity guests, visit the movie sites with the "back lot tours;" enjoy classic film screenings, a Saturday night concert featuring the best of America’s Western talent, a Sunday Cowboy Church service; and close the weekend with an old fashion “Main Street Parade" and Sunday evening's campfire roundup in the park.
All of this, on location in Lone Pine... “Where the Real West becomes the Reel West!”
The Lone Pine Museum is the fulfillment of the dreams of a number of people in the Lone Pine community with a passion to honor the heritage of western film making in the area. It is meant to celebrate the men and women, in-front of and behind the cameras, who brought over 700 films to the screen, capturing on film, the cinematic canvas of the Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains
The community’s ambitious plans were realized in 2006 with cooperation and support of the people of Lone Pine, the local business Community. and the generous financial support of Beverly and Jim Rogers of Intermountain West Communications Company. Upon completion of the facility, Mr. Rogers’s contributed many items from his personal collection for display, including cars, silver saddles, and other valuable film treasures. Also on exhibit are hats and guns from many western stars, there are costumes from The Shootist, and a coat that Errol Flynn wore in Kim. The Museum has continued to build its collections with donations from numerous individuals in the industry, as well as collectors and interested individuals who believe in the Museums mission to provide both a showplace for Western film artifacts and towards the long term objective to develop an accessible archive for print and visual media celebrating our Western film heritage. The Museum's extended 'Back Lot Tours' are presented with the cooperation and support of the California Bureau of Land Management.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
Unlimited free general admission is only one of the exclusive benefits offered to members and designed to enhance every visit. Also included are free movie screenings, Friends of the Festival benefits, discounts, Members-only previews of major exhibit openings, and more. Membership dues at all levels sustain the world-renowned Museum of Lone Pine Film History’s, collection and support a full calendar of special events.
List of benefits: