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FIlm Festival 2017 28th

October  6 - 8, 2017

The Role of Westerns in Shaping the American Experience

American movie audiences embraced the Western genre in the 20th century. Featuring strong heroes in heart-stopping action on horseback, amid magnificent, rugged landscapes, Westerns influenced the behavior and even the ideology of a nation. Their gripping stories were principled tales in which good always triumphed over evil.

Just how these stories shaped the American lifestyle will be explored at this year’s Lone Pine Film Festival via screenings, presentations and panel discussions. The festival will be held Oct. 6 through 8.

TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz returns this year to host our Saturday evening keynote program featuring Scott Eyman, author of definitive biographies of John Ford and John Wayne. Eyman’s new book explores the 50-year friendship between Henry Fonda and James Stewart, along with a screening of their film The Cheyenne Social Club.

Each of these iconic heroes modeled the American ideal on the big and small screen. During the mid-century there were more than 30 hours of television programming that featured Westerns, including Gunsmoke, Rifleman, Rawhide, Have Gun Will Travel and Bonanza. Superstar characters like Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers didn’t just fill the dreams of the nation’s youth – the entire TV panoply generated millions of dollars in merchandising revenue.

True West Editor Bob Boze Bell; Paul Andre Hutton, author of Apache Wars; and John Lagellier, author of Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army, will explore the “reel” versus “real” stories of the American Indian Wars through screenings and panel discussions.

A further highlight this year will be a tribute to Robert Mitchum, in honor of his 100th birthday. Following a screening of his first starring role in Nevada, Western producer/historian Rob Word will interview Mitchum’s daughter, Petrine.

Additional topics, celebrities and panels will be posted on the website: www.lonepinefilmfestival.org as finalized. Tickets will go on sale June, 2017.

Tickets for this Year's 28th (2017) Film Festival

ON SALE June 2017

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be a member now or at the time of the festival to qualify for discounts?
"Member Price" discounts are available to museum members in good standing as of The Festival Dates: (October 6 - 8, 2017) and or "Button" holders. Museum associates can verify your membership end date and coordinate renewal to benefit from the discounts offered to qualifying members.

2. Do I need a Festival Button to attend the tours.
No, members and button holders receive discounts and can purchase tours at a 20% discount. Individuals, couples or groups who may be here for the day can purchase tours at full price.

3. Do I have to purchase a Festival Button?
No, if a member, you will still receive your discounts on tours and various events, but you WILL NOT be able to attend the various film screenings, panels and discussions.

4. Who can attend the Thursday night cocktail reception at the Museum?
The Museum's Thursday night cocktail reception is open to the public. Members cost to attend the reception is $10.00 - Non-members $20.00 per person.

5. Can I purchase Day Tickets?
YES... Daily passes are $30.00 and will permit access to all movies and panels for the specific day. Day passes are ONLY available at the ticket office.



Admission to the Museum for the three days

50% Discount on Thursday night Museum reception
 Access to All of the movies shown at the High School Auditorium
for the three days of the Festival
 Entry to Friday & Saturday Evening Special Screenings
with panel discussion post movie
 20% discount on the Movie Site Tours
 Entry to All Celebrity Star Panels @ High School Quad & Auditorium
Full Access Museum Theater Panels

We look forward to seeing you in October.

The latest information on tours, celebrities, events will be listed on our website. 

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Event Schedule By Day 2017

        Thursday October 5



  Museum Gala

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Members of Museum - $10.00
Non-members - $20.00 


Retail Community Support


Welcome to Lone Pine and the 27th Annual Film FestivalWindow Circle SAMLL DPI

Museum develops retail marketing materials to expand Film Festivals and Museum’s ID with tourists and film festival guests.

Bob Sigman, Director of the Museum of Western Film History, described the new marketing materials. “We felt that the new artwork developed for this year’s film festival (Vintage camera car in Alabama Hills)which incorporated an image of the 1928 RKO camera car we recently acquired, perfectly represented our film making heritage. We just felt we wanted to do more with it. What came out of discussion was a circular 12” window sign that could be used all year round welcoming tourists.”

Complementing this, we designed a four inch Festival graphic decal that emphasizes our community welcome to the festival guests and acknowledges the support of our business sponsors. A similar festival decal is available to all retailers.  We can easily create other complementing decals for other events throughout the year.

Event Tickets


Tickets On Sale
June 2017

Latest News

2017 Film Festival

Celebrity Guests

Diamond Farnsworth
Ben Mankiewicz

Master of Ceremonies

Larry Maurice

Guest Authors & Panelists
Cheryl Rogers Barnett
Bob Boze Bell
Scott Eyman
Paul Andre Hutton
John Lagellier

Wyatt McCrea
Petrine Day Mitchum
William Wellman
Rob Word

Panel Moderator
Ed Hulse

Friday Night Keynote Film


Saturday Night Keynote Film


Special Guests