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Monday, February 27, 2017


  • Sunrise Photo Tour

    Sunrise Photo Tour

    For over 25 years film festival visitors have thrilled to the breath taking beauty of the Eastern High Sierra Sunrise Tour. A photographer’s dream event, Read More
  • Lone Pine Back Lot Tour

    Lone Pine Back Lot Tour

    Burt & Donna Yost's  "Back Lot Tours are Back!  Friday, Saturday & Sunday. See information below as to specific day details ...  Friday & Sunday The Read More
  • Gunga Din Tour

    Gunga Din Tour

    The Gunga Din Tour is a Bus tour that highlights the filming of the movie in the summer and fall of 1938, Gunga Din remains to Read More
  • North South Tour

    North South Tour

    The North South Tour is considered one of the most scenic drives, you'll see LOTS of the Alabama Hills. The tour travels throughout the length Read More
  • Billy King Remembers Hopalong Cassidy

    Billy King Remembers Hopalong Cassidy

    Festival guest Billy King returns to join us for our 27th Film Festival to discuss and reminisce about his movie making experiences with William Boyd.  Read More
  • Ansel Adams - In The Footsteps of the Master Tour

    Ansel Adams - In The Footsteps of the Master Tour

    “A Good Photograph is Knowing Where to Stand” Ansel Adams.Join Catherine Kravitz, Museum Staff and Docent, in the Ansel Adams; In the Footsteps of the Read More
  • Desert Pursuit - Movie Location Tour

    Desert Pursuit - Movie Location Tour

    Prospector Wayne Morris, accompanied by Virginia Grey, travels on horseback to San Bernardino to settle down and get married. In his journey through Death Valley Read More
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Jim Clark - Hollywood's "Go To Guy" for Trains

Jim Clark True West Magazine issue 72 dpiA veteran of over 250 films, engineer and train coordinator, Jim Clark, known as "The Train Man", will give a short history of trains in Western movies and explain the technical challenges of working with trains. His association with some of the biggest train films and stars in Hollywood ("The Lone Ranger", "Wild, Wild, West", "Under Siege Two", "Fast and the Furious", "Water For Elephants" and "Into The West") coupled with Q&A, plus film clips of two dozen action sequences, will leave you breathless!

"The producers of the movie Wild, Wild West were looking for some trains. Not just any trains.  One had to look like a post-Civil War locomotive hauling a special car for special agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon (hoo-rah!). The other engine—manipulated by the evil genius Dr. Arliss Loveless (hssssss!)—needed to somewhat resemble a huge combat tank. But producers are Hollywood types, and they generally don’t know anything about railroad equipment. So the movie makers called in the “Train Man.” Enter Jim Clark.

He told them how to bring rough drawings to life. He found the locomotives and the train cars. Clark showed them how to run the equipment (he did most of the work himself). He helped design the train stunts. And he oversaw all the railroad aspects of the flick.

Okay, so the film derailed.  At least the trains were great.  Thanks to the Train Man.

Read more: Jim Clark - Hollywood's "Go To Guy" for Trains

​​Ben Mankiewicz

Ben Mankiewitz 2Ben Mankiewicz is a host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his TCM debut in September 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network's history. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mankiewicz graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He began his television career as a producer at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., before starting his on-air work as a news reporter and anchor at WCSC, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC. He moved south to Miami in 1998 to become a reporter for Barry Diller's innovative start-up station, WAMI-TV, and in 1999 and 2000 he was named Best TV News Anchor in South Florida by the weekly newspaper New Times. 

Mankiewicz is from a film family himself. His grandfather was screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (“Citizen Kane”) and great uncle Joseph L. Mankiewicz was a producer and director of “All About Eve”) and the type of films you would see on TCM. His father, Frank Mankiewicz, was longtime president of National Public Radio. 

Ben joins us this year to celebrate "Western Directors" bringing his vast film experience and love of movies to our panels and screenings. 

Francis "Mike" Nevins

Mike Nevins Picture 72dpiFrancis M. Nevins is a professor emeritus at St. Louis University School of Law, where he taught from 1971 until his retirement. In 1979, Nevins was one of the first law professors to create a seminar on Law, Lawyers and Justice in Popular Fiction and Film, a subject now widely covered,  and has written a large number of essays on that subject. He has also written on mainstream legal subjects like decedents= estates and copyright law, and is generally recognized as one of the leading authorities on the legal issues that arise when those two areas collide.

He is also the author of six mystery novels: Publish and Perish (1975), Corrupt and Ensnare (1978), The 120-Hour Clock (1986), The Ninety Million Dollar Mouse (1987), Into the Same River Twice (1996) and Beneficiaries= Requiem (2000). He has written about forty short stories which have appeared in Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and other national magazines and many of which have been reprinted in leading mystery anthologies. A large assortment of his shorter fiction has been collected in Night Forms (2010). He has edited more than 15 mystery anthologies and collections and has written several nonfiction books on the genre. Two of these nonfiction titles have won him Edgar awards from Mystery Writers of America. He has written articles, book reviews and similar short pieces on mystery fiction for newspapers, magazines and reference works. Cornucopia of Crime, a large collection of his nonfiction, was published in 2010. Among his recent books are Ellery Queen: The Art of Detection (2013) and the Edgar-nominated Judges & Justice & Lawyers & Law (2014).

Read more: Francis "Mike" Nevins

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Jim Clark
Diamond Farnsworth
Billy King
Ben Mankiewicz
William Wellman

Master of Ceremonies

Larry Maurice

Guest Authors & Panelists
Cheryl Rogers Barnett
Bob Boze Bell
Melinda Carey
Larry Floyd
Dan Ford
Wyatt McCrea
Petrine Day Mitchum
Francis Nevins
David Rothel
Jay Dee Witney
Bob White
Rob Word

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Piano Accompaniment
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John Gilliland
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