Richard W. Bann
Richard W. Bann is the host of Lone Pine's Bar 20 Ranch Tour, a regular essayist for Lone Pine At The Movies, and a major source for 16mm prints for the festival the last 20 plus years, film historian and author (books on Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, W.C. Fields, Hal Roach, John Wayne). Bann started his career as a CPA testifying on behalf of William Boyd Enterprises with respect to Hopalong Cassidy films litigation and later was vice-president of Blackhawk Films, Inc. More recently he served as consultant to CMG Worldwide, the marketing and licensing agent representing the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, James Dean, Vince Lombardi, Jackie Robinson, etc. For the past 30 years Bann has been library consultant to a European film and TV company, Kirch Media GmbH and related entities, where he spent $4 million restoring and preserving the Hal Roach Studios 35mm nitrate film collection. Bann's knowledge of “movies" and western heritage is always kindly shared in Lone Pine.
Jerry Finney/Charles Morfin
A former aerospace employee, master sculptor and film historian, Jerry is an expert on British uniforms and his favorite film is - Gunga Din. Jerry can recite the entire poem from the 1939 classic from memory. Charles Morfin is author of Location Filming in the Alabama Hills, President of Film Noir Tours, a film historian and museum volunteer. He resides in the nearby town of Independence where other movies were filmed on location. Jerry Finney, is a former aerospace employee, master sculptor and film historian. He is is an expert on British uniforms and his favorite film is Gunga Din. He can recite the entire poem from the 1939 classic from memory. Both are long-time fans of the film, Gunga Din, and are excited to share their passion with you on the tour.
Don Kelsen has been attending and learning about the Alabama Hills, film locations since the first festival in 1990. Inspiration for pin pointing filming locations comes from Don's association with Festival co-founder Dave Holland and their work together on Dave's first video: "On Location in Lone Pine"
Catherine Kravitz, as the Collections Manager and docent of the Lone Pine Film History Museum, Catherine rarely gets to wander the Alabama Hills or even see the sun for that matter. When asked if she would like to create a tour of the different sites Ansel Adams visited and photographed, she jumped at the opportunity. Using her skills as a former researcher, she took 2.5 months and 25 books to gain background and insight in Ansel Adams. Coupled with her experience in the art world as an art gallery owner and her communication skills as a docent, she gets to do what she loves; talk about an amazing artist and share some beautiful locations linked to an outstanding artist.
Chris Langley is aa life-long educator, has lived in and studied the Mojave Desert for over forty years. Achieving his BA in English-History at Dartmouth College, He is the writer/historian part of a collaboration (along with Osceola Refetoff, fine art photographer) called “”High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain” and their work can be found at desertdispatches.com.
Langley’s writing includes work appearing regularly in The Inyo Register, The Sun Runner, and KCET’s Artbound. Other publications include a history of Lone Pine, CA, a cultural history of Mount Whitney, and From Jayhawkers to Jawas: a Short History of Filming in Death Valley. Founder of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Langley’s environmental advocacy won commendations including a Nat’l Conservation Cooperation Award and a Sierra Nevada Business Council 20/20 Vision Award.
Larry Maurice has spent the last thirty five years as a Cowboy, horse wrangler and packer in the Eastern Sierra and the high deserts of Nevada.You're likely to find him leading a string of mules into the back country, on a horse drive in the Owens Valley of California, or working with Longhorn cattle in Virginia City, Nevada.Larry juggles his need to be on horseback with his busy entertainment schedule. A sought after entertainer, not only for his Cowboy Poetry that speaks from the heart of the day to day Cowboy, but also for his ability to breathe life into the history of the American West.
He is an exceptional after-dinner speaker and spends a great deal of time in schools around the country talking to children about the role the Cowboy has played and continues to play in the development of the west. Through poetry, song and stories, Larry is able to transport his audience back in time, allowing them to experience the cattle drives, characters and critters of the old west. Larry has been honored with the "Lifetime Achievement in Cowboy Poetry Award" from the prestigious National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock,Texas. In July of 2000, Larry received the Academy of Western Artists coveted "Will Rogers Cowboy Award" for Cowboy Poet of the Year.
Larry has been a "Lone Pine" regular since the festival's beginning in 1989 providing guidance, support and friendship throughout the years.
Melody Holland Ogburn, joining us again, Melody is the daughter of festival cofounder Dave Holland. Having led guests on bus tours as a step-on guide since the first year, she notes first-time attendees on at least one of her tours each weekend. "Every year brings great, new experiences through these movie location tours. I treasure seeing people meet to share with old friends. Others make new friends. And they're all enjoying the area. It's a unique festival!"
Mike Prather has been living and exploring in Inyo County since 1972. He has worked for decades on conservation issues of wild lands, water and wildlife. A dedicated student of the geology, wildlife and history of the area Mike notes Tremors as his all time favorite locally filmed movie, and thus he loves to share the story of its making.
Drawn to Southern California, spring 1965, by the lure of a career in Comic Art, Mike spent his first 14 years in comic books, comic strips, and TV animation. He has inked many great pages including MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER and TARZAN, STAR WARS SPEED BUGGY, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KIDS, to name a few, but comic books fans remember his decade working with Jack Kirby as his letterer and inker.
Mike spent the next 14 years on staff with the Walt Disney Company in the creative department of their Consumer Product/Licensing division, addressing the areas of book publishing, comic books and strips, and all forms of theme park and licensed merchandise as a character artist/product designer, performing as idea man, concept and final line artist, and sometime inker. He created the “new look” that launched the massive WINNIE THE POOH licensing program in late 1993…and spent the next 7+ years free-lancing for the Disney Stores.
Mike now lives in Oregon and continues to work freelance as an Art service doing pencil and ink work on a wide variety of projects. A long time Lone Pine Festival participant, Mike has a diverse knowledge of film making in the area and brings a passion for Western heritage to all his tours.
Ross Schnioffsky and Warren Davey
The call of the Alabama Hills has lured Warren and Ross back to Lone Pine. Both have been rootin'-tootin', but very little shootin' lounge chair cowboys since Walt Disney dusted off Davy Crockett's old coonskin cap. Ross and Warren live just west of Lone Pine in the little frontier town of Melbourne, Australia. TV westerns arrived in Australia in 1956 and they have loved them ever since. Despite spending most of their working life in all forms of education from elementary schools to universities Warren and Ross have held on to their sanity, barely! Ross, who loves making little docos on cinema history, is a faculty librarian at La Trobe University, Melbourne and Warren, who loves reading about all things western, is an elementary school librarian and both happily maintain disorganized lives.
Burt & Donna Yost Returning from a ski trip, Columbus Day weekend 1990, Burt and Donna Yost discovered Lone Pine and as it happens, the Lone Pine Film Festival. Fans of old westerns, Burt and Donna soon started making trips to Lone Pine and the Alabama's in search of their favorite movie locations. That led to a meeting with film Festival founder, Kerry Powell, and Director, Dave Holland with whom they became fast friends.
Since then, Burt and Donna have developed many additional friends in Lone Pine and have become well versed in the Alabama's and Eastern Sierra landscape and respective movie locations. Their annual festival tours are always a sell-out, especially the "Back Lot" tour featured above. Burt and Donna call Santa Barbara home, when not in Lone Pine.