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October 5 - 8, 2018

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Preliminary details for the 2018 Film Festival will be posted in April/May

Final details, celebrities, events, screenings for the 2018 FF Website
will go live with all details in Mid June 2018. 


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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.

The Friday night screening will be Sergeant RutledgeLieutenant Tom Cantrell is sent to defend Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, a black cavalry soldier, on a charge of rape and murder. Set in a courtroom and told in flashback through witnesses’ testimony, the shocking truth about the crimes gradually comes to light. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Bob Boze Bell, the Editor/Publisher of True West magazine, who will discuss with John Langellier the film, the Buffalo Soldiers, and how Director John Ford dealt with racism.

The Image of the American Cowboy: John Wayne and John Ford - will be the focus of the Saturday morning, High School Quad panel program. The panel, led by Ben Mankiewicz will discuss the image of the American Western hero. Among the panel members will be Scott Eyman, the author of biographies of both Wayne and Ford; Bob Boze Bell, the Editor/Publisher of True West magazine; and Ed Hulse, Western film historian and the author of Filming the West of Zane Grey.

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.

Our Western heroes 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.

A further highlight this year will be a tribute to Robert Mitchum, in honor of his 100th birthday. Join William Wellman and Historian, Ed Hulse for a discussion on Mitchum's career following a screening of his first starring role in Nevada.

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

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

1. Review Website

2.  Download Order Form

3. For Information on Festival - Call 760-876-9103
If no answer, Barb may be on the phone wth someone else.
Please leave Message and she will call you back! 

*Receive discounts on Festival Buttons
*Invitation to Thursday evening Membership Reception
(Meet the Celebrity Guests)
*Discounts in Museum Gift Shop
*Newsletter & More...

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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 10% discount. Individuals, couples or groups who may be here for the day can purchase tours at full price.

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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
 10% 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. 

To join our Newsletter group and receive weekly updates please click here.



PROGRAM BOOKS 2010 - 2017

Enjoy your review of the past few years Program Books. The 2018 Program Book will be released at the Film Festival in October.


Thank you

Your membership card(s) will be coming to you in the mail along with other tickets and information about the Museum


This year's theme; The Role of Westerns in Shaping the American Experience will bring back many memories for visitors and for  a younger generation, provide a retrospective look at the popularity of the genre in the American culture of the 1950's and 1960's. 

A number of our topics are supported by Museum exhibits and/or documents. A few are noted below:

John Wayne: http://www.museumofwesternfilmhistory.org/articles-with-out-menu-items/the-life-of-john-wayne

John Ford:

TV Westerns: http://www.museumofwesternfilmhistory.org/articles-with-out-menu-items/tv-westerns

Explore our new "Gateway" website to assst visitors in navigating the incredible experiences in traveling Highway 395

American Icon

American Icon

Will be Raffled Off at the
2018 Lone Pine "Concert in the Rocks"

Fundraising Event for the 
Museum of Western Film History

The Museum of Western Film History, known for it's annual "Quilt Raffle" is pleased to announce a second quilt raffle - AMERICAN ICON.   

AMERICAN ICON is from a Big Fork Bay Cotton Quilt Co. design. The pattern is by Brenda Hermundstad Yirsa. The quilt was donated and machine quilted by Linda Kimball. The finished quilt is 35.5" x 49."  The winner to be drawn at the June, 2018 Lone Pine "Concert in the Rocks."

American Icon will be raffled at the June 2018 Lone Pine "Concert in the Rocks." Proceeds from the Quilt will benefit the Museum of Western Film History Acquisition fund.

Tickets are $1.00 per ticket or 6 for $5.00 and can be purchased at the Museum or you can call and purchase over the phone. Tickets will be mailed to you.

American Icon

To order over the telephone, call the Museum Gift Shop 760-876-9909.

Hours for the gift shop are: Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Winner does not need to be present at drawing. For those buying over the telephone please make sure you provide e-mail and phone number.

The mission of the Museum of Western Film History is to collect, preserve, protect, archive and exhibit a variety of original materials containing information of permanent historical value relating to the history and heritage of the American Western Film for the preservation, education and enrichment of the public. The Museum actively pursues collections of personal papers, business and organizational records, as well as memorabilia that reflect and document aspects of Western film history and popular culture for successive generations to discover.  Located on Highway 395 on the south end of town, the museum’s 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an eighty-five seat movie theater and gift shop offer visitors a unique experience helping to document and interpret the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifact preservation and exhibits.

However, the museum's largest exhibit is its “Back Lot” – The Alabama Hills, just to the west of town. Since the early 1920s, these rugged, rounded rock formations and meandering gullies have played a "starring role" as Hollywood’s Western backdrop for cowboy action thrillers featuring Hopalong Cassidy, Randolph Scott, Gene Autry, Tim Holt and Roy Rogers. William Shatner, Kevin Bacon and Robert Downey Jr. have all filmed in the shadow of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, in such films as Star Trek, Tremors, and Ironman.  

Come visit and enjoy a very unique film experience … and join us each Columbus Day weekend for our annual Lone Pine Film Festival honoring the heroes and heroines of the silver screen. Mingle with celebrity guests, visit the movie sites with the "back lot tours;" enjoy classic film screenings, a Sunday Cowboy Church service; and close the weekend with an old fashion “Main Street parade" and Sunday evening's campfire roundup in the park.

See - http://www.lonepinefilmfestival.org/

Event Tickets

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Latest News

Celebrity Guests
Bruce Boxleitner
Diamond Farnsworth
Ben Mankiewicz

Master of Ceremonies

Larry Maurice

Guest Authors & Panelists
Bob Boze Bell
Bruce Davison
Scott Eyman
Ed Faulkner
Larry Floyd
Clifford Happy
Marguerite Happy
Robert Jauregui
John Langellier
Wyatt McCrea
Pat Ommert
William Wellman
Rob Word


Panel Moderator
Ed Hulse

Thursday Night Opening Film
Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs
With Director Justin Koehler

Friday Night Keynote Film
Sergeant Rutledge

Saturday Night Keynote Film
The Cheyenne Social Club

Special Guests
Jay C. Munns
Pianist for Silent Films