October 9 - 11, 2015
Dates: October 9 - 11, 2015.
WHEN: Weekend begins: Thursday October 8th
Museum welcome GALA Reception: 4:30 PM
Community Concert with America’s Cowboy Balladeer, Don Edwards: 7:00 PM
Screenings, Panels, Presentations begin Friday morning, October 9 @ 7:30 AM
WHERE: Lone Pine, California
WHAT: A weekend of Lone Pine’s Best Western fare including –
Join William Wellman, Jr. and Wyatt McCrea for a screening of William Wellman, Sr.’s 1948 film Buffalo Bill, and learn about the film’s original script and the changes made before Wyatt’s grandfather, Joel McCrea, agreed to take on the role of Buffalo Bill.
Hopalong Cassidy loved Lone Pine … So says Billy King, now 91. Billy, returning to Lone Pine after 77 years, will present to the audience his colorful recollections as a 12 year old featured in four Hoppy films in 1938 and 1939. Join Billy, Don Kelsen, Hopalong Cassidy authority Richard Bann and moderator Ed Hulse.
The Hollywood Western today … Join Western historian Ed Hulse as he moderates a panel featuring L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan, Western author/scriptwriter Robert Knott, and actor Rex Linn as they discuss The State of the Western in the 21st Century.
Appaloosa actor Rex Linn and screenwriter Robert Knott will be present for a screening of the film to be followed by discussion of the film and their career led by Ed Hulse.
Hollywood Hoofbeats: The Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television provides thought provoking and compelling narration by Petrine Day Mitchum. She will discuss the relationships between famous movie horses and their human co-stars. From the partnerships forged in the silent era between the likes of William S. Hart and Fritz and Tom Mix and Tony, to the singing cowboy era of Gene Autry and Champion, Roy Rogers and Trigger and beyond, Hollywood’s horses were heroes.
Having been raised in the Beverly Hills mansion of her oil baron grandfather, built by the legendary cowboy star Fred Thomson, stuntwoman Sylvia Durando lived a life of privilege in her early years. Beginning with her first film, Dan Patch (1949), Sylvia worked with the likes of Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Richard Boone, Tony Curtis and Randolph Scott. Join Sylvia in her first public discussion of her Hollywood past with top stunt coordinator Diamond Farnsworth.
A centerpiece of the weekend is the restored 1937 Cord Phaeton that Tom Mix was driving when he had his fatal accident on October 12, 1940. Bob White, car collector and Mix historian, will discuss the extensive restoration of the Cord and Mix’s last days with Western film historian Gary Brown.
Weekend Screenings return us to the “Early Years.”
The Round-Up, a 1920 Western silent film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and believed to be the first feature filmed in the Alabama Hills, will be presented with the piano accompaniment of keyboard specialist J.C. Munns.
For the first time, our program will include multiple films from the same source material. Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage has been filmed five times over the years and we will feature four during the Festival weekend.
Twenty-two “On Location” tours fill the weekend program with bus and/or caravan tours visiting locations from a wide variety of films made in our Alabama Hills, all led by our seasoned tour guides.
All this plus celebrity book signings at Statham Hall. Long time Lone Pine favorites Cheryl Rogers Barnett and Peggy Stewart will be in attendance. There will be thirty plus vendors and food suppliers between Statham Hall and Lone Pine Park. Team Roping will be featured on Saturday at the Museum rodeo grounds. Sunday will begin with a morning Cowboy Church on the Anchor Ranch, followed by our famous Sunday Main Street Parade. The Closing Campfire led by Cowboy Larry Maurice at Lone Pine Park on Sunday evening will wrap the weekend festivities.
A new Lone Pine Film Festival website presents all the above with full tour descriptions, a daily schedule and travel information to Lone Pine with hotel, motel and campground links. Additional links are to Lone Pine weather, a new Mt. Whitney App for climbers, and recently released Alabama Hills’ recreation map from the BLM and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group. Check out links to past programs, movie databases and memorabilia.
And last but not least, the weekend center of activity, The Museum of Western Film History. Yes, a new name to represent the new and expanded mission of the Museum “to collect, preserve, protect, archive and exhibit original materials of permanent historical value relating to the history and heritage of the American Western film.” The Museum will continue to feature the films made in the Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierra. Come to see our new and updated exhibits; come meet our staff…and please join and become a member to help the continued effort and commitment to honor our Western film heritage.
P.S. For those interested, Vendor Applications for both Statham Hall and Lone Pine Park are available on the website.