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Monday, February 27, 2017

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  • Billy King Remembers Hopalong Cassidy

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    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
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Billy King Remembers Hopalong Cassidy

Billy Gabby Hayes Windy in Hoppy Film LResFestival guest Billy King returns to join us for our 27th Film Festival to discuss and reminisce about his movie making experiences with William Boyd.  As a 12-year-old, King co-starred in a total of four Hopalong Cassidy films, three filmed in the Alabama Hills in the late 1930’s. Billy will meet everyone, on the tour at different Lone Pine location, some new from last year’s festival "Billy King” tour. One of Cassidy’s films, with co-star Billy will be screened before the tour.  

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TOURS:

Friday : 3:30 PM   SoldOut 50 x

Biily King Remembers is a BUS Tour with tour guide, Don Kelsen. The bus will leave at 3:30 PM on Friday from the South Museum parking lot. Tour itself is 2.5 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground – suggest wearing appropriate shoes. Bus accomodates 54 passengers.      

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:  Friday October 7 @ 2:30 in the Museum Theater -Don and Billy will screen scenes from Billy's Hopalong movies. A Q & A will follow.

About Don Kelsen...
Tour guide 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”  

ABOUT BILLY...

We look forward to the recollections of Billy King as a 12 year-old boy working (as Artie, Buck Peters’ adolescent nephew) opposite William Boyd as Hoppy and George Hayes as Windy. Do not miss the opportunity to meet Mr. King ! 

A little Background...

Billy’s career started in Delano, California, when his father brought home a young mustang colt. The colt stood 14 hands high, was dark sorrel in the body with black mane and tail, and had three white stocking feet. He was named Tony.

Billy’s Dad was a professional muleskinner who trained Tony and taught Billy to show him in Northern California horse shows. Tony and Billy entered stock horse events and county fair horse shows.  As a result of winning many local events Billy received a call from Hollywood producer Harry Sherman who had formed Harry Sherman Productions in 1935 to produce films based on Clarence Mulford's Bar 20 novels, featuring the character Hopalong Cassidy. Sherman was searching for a kid-cowboy for four of his upcoming Hoppy movies.

It was 1937 and Billy was in the 7th grade. Billy was asked to read a scene for director Lesley Selander. Selander approved and Sherman offered Billy a weekly salary. While Billy readily admits he absolutely had no acting ability at all, he declared, “But I could ride a horse.” Billy and his Dad promised to show up in Lone Pine, California, to shoot the first of four movies. It was Billy’s father’s suggestion that Tony be included in the contract.

Director Selander was very clear about the script.  He would say, “Billy, you know the story and you live the life, so you can use your own words to express what you’re thinking. I want you to interact on the screen like you would if you were interacting with a real person.”  Selander gave Billy self-assurance so the cameras could capture a kid who worshipped the Hoppy threesome on film.   

After his brief four-film career, King finished high school, went to college, served in WWII as a naval pilot, married his college sweetheart and raised three children while working as an insurance executive. He earned a graduate degree in rhetoric and group dynamics, an Aristotelian pursuit, and taught college for 30 years at UC Davis.

From October 7th – 9th, 2016, Billy King will return to Lone Pine for the 27th annual Lone Pine Film Festival to share his wonderful remembrances. This year’s Festival pays tribute to the great Western Directors.

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John Gilliland as "Hoppy"
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Billy King's good friend, "Hopalong" John Gilliland will join Billy and tour participants to re-visit the Lone Pine locations where Billy's movies with Hoppy were made. John will be wearing his accurate reproduction of Hoppy's outfit as it appeared in 1937 and 1938 and will be available to pose for location photos with Billy and the tour guests. John is a native Californian, a resident of Menlo Park, California, and a Lone Pine Film History Museum member and Festival participant since 2003.

 

 

 

Sunrise Photo Tour

sunrisetourFor 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, but so inspirational, everyone can enjoy this early morning spectacle. See why directors and cinematographers couldn't get enough of the spectacular mornings in "The Range of Light." Watch the morning sun ignite the peak of Mt. Whitney and bring the Alabama Hills to life. Share good fellowship with a spectacular light show a continental breakfast a little music a little poetry and a start to your film festival day that will never be forgotten.

Car Caravan 72 dpiThe Sunrise Tour is a Car Caravan Tour with tour guide, Larry Maurice. Participants to meet at the south Museum parking lot. Tour will leave at the hours noted below. Tour is approximately 2 1/2 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground –suggest wearing appropriate shoes.

Saturday  6:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Sunday     6:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Note: Cost of the tour is per person - not per car.

About Larry Maurice...
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 westLarry 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.

Poets__Writers   "This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation."

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Arches of the Alabama Hills Tour

ArchMost people would agree that the Alabama Hills exhibit an extraordinary beauty with its unique rock formations, stunning skylines, and the backdrop of the majestic High Sierra mountain range. It is no wonder that the film industry has repeatedly chosen this area as a location for so many movies. However, hidden within the rocks, there is another, often overlooked, natural treasure, the arches of the Alabama Hills.

Car Caravan 72 dpiThe Arches of the Alabama Hills Tour is a Car Caravan Tour with tour guide, Page Williams. Participants to meet at the S. Museum parking lot. Tour will leave @ the hours noted below. Tour is approximately 2 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground –suggest wearing appropriate shoes.

Saturday     10:00 Am - 12:00 Noon  SoldOut 50 x

Note: Cost of the tour is per person - not per car.

About Page Williams...
Page Williams is a fifth generation Native and part time California Historian and Wildlife photographer. Page has worked in the entertainment industry for over forty four years first in the theater with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and then with the London Royal Ballet and New York Opera. She has worked here in Hollywood for the past 35 years and was currently elected to her third term on the executive board of I.A.T.S.E. local 80. At this point Page would rather be in Lone Pine.

Lone Pine Back Lot Tour

Comanche StationBurt & Donna Yost's  "Back Lot Tours are Back!  Friday, Saturday & Sunday. See information below as to specific day details ... 

Friday & Sunday The Lone Pine Back Lot Tours will visit locations seldom seen by our visitors; a must tour for movie buffs. All locations still standing, just as seen in the movies. We will travel up Tremors pass to a rare visit of the Tim Holt cabin and a picture stop of Hoppy's cabin. After we will descend down the bar 20 trail to movie lake.then on to the Lone Pine train station for the first time in film festival history. Visit where screen legends we grew up with filmed their movies. 

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Hidden Lone Pine at its BEST!

Friday & Sunday  9:00 AM

Saturday's The Back Lot Tour will visit movies filmed east Of Lone Pine. Just a short distance from downtown Lone Pine and designated Gateway to Death Valley. We will explore why movie studios went east of Lone Pine. They sought remote, isolated, locations and they found them! What they found and the movies they filmed there is for you to discover on this tour. This is a one of a kind tour!

Saturday   9:00 AM  SoldOut 50 x

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The Lone Pine Back Lot Tours are a Car Caravan Tours with tour guides, Burt & Donna Yost. Participants to meet at the S. Museum parking lot. Tour will leave at the times noted. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground –suggest wearing appropriate shoes.

Note: Cost of the tour is per person not per car. 

About 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.

Celebrating the movies of Hollwoods Back Yard!

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Gunga Din Tour

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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 this day the largest production ever filmed in the Lone Pine area. The production company created huge sets, hired over a thousand extras, and built a tent city to house the cast and crew. It is recognized as one of the rare films of its era to stand up well to modern sensitivities. Visit the site of the temple, the village of Tanta Pur, battle scene locations and see the location of the bridge crossed by the elephants.

Friday   3:30 PM 

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Ebmeyer_Bus_sm_72dpiThe "Gunga Din" Tour is a BUS Tour with tour guide, Jerry Finney, Buses will leave at 3:30 PM on Friday from the South Museum parking lot. Buses will return to this lot. Tour itself is 2.5 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground – suggest wearing appropriate shoes. Bus accomodates 54 passengers.

About Jerry Finney...

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Jerry has loved the movie Gunga Din since childhood seeing it over 20 times. With his sense of adventure, love of exploring the High Desert and Hollywood background he is excited to share his passion with you with the Gunga Din tour this film festival.

 Gunga Din Theatrical Trailer 1939
 
   Dave Holland on Gunga Din
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