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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

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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. 

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Tours -  Based on requests by our FIlm Festival Guests, This will be the First Year we have offered Monday Tours. See the Events By Day page or Tour Listing for details.


Sunday Cowboy Church 8:30 AM - Always a favorite, held at Anchor Ranch. See details here...


Main Street Parade 1:00 PM. - A Lone Pine Film Festival tradition, Sunday’s parade of Stars takes place at 1:00 PM on Main Street in the heart of town.  Details here... and Entry Forms too!


Closing Campfire @ Dusk...  See Details...

Horseback @ Cottonwood Pack Station

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Cottonwood Pack Station is located at Horseshoe Meadows. The Pack Station offers two hour, half day and all day rides. Pack trips to the Cottonwood Lakes Basin and the Golden Trout Wilderness. Fully outfitted hiking and riding trips to Mt. Whitney via the Pacific Coast Trail.

At an elevation of 10,352 feet, Cottonwood Pack Station, located just East of Horseshow Meadow. The drive up Horseshow Meadow road offers breathtaking views and they only get better on Horseback (or Mule). Make sure your camera has lots of memory and bring extra batteries!

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BRUCE IVEY (1933 - 2016)

Bruce IveyA Long time friend of Lone Pine, the Museum and the Lone Pine Festival, Bruce and his wife, Elsie, for many years hosted a Sunday morning Festival brunch at the Lone Pine Pheasant Club. The menu was lots of great friendships and of course, pheasant and eggs...pheasant and fettucine...and pheasant and whatever Bruce cooked up!  Bruce delighted in helping his friends and always had stories to tell of his exploits. His pride of family was always evident as well as his love of his dogs, one or two always at his side. 

Published in Inyo Register on Oct. 11, 2016
Bruce Stuart Ivey passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on October 6, 2016. Bruce was born to George and Laura Ivey on April 24, 1934, in Montebello, CA. 

As a child growing up, Bruce enjoyed hunting, fishing and fixing or driving fast cars. When he graduated from high school, he took a field assistant position with California Fish & Game performing deer surveys in Inyo and Mono counties, as well as trapping chukar in the Inyo Mountains. This job would foster a lifelong passion for conservation, wildlife and wild places. While trapping chukar and camping at Santa Rita Flats, Bruce made weekly supply trips to the closest town of Independence, CA. This is where he would meet Elsie Lockridge, his love and companion for the next 62 years. After a few failed attempts, Elsie finally agreed to go out with Bruce and they eventually married on June 19, 1954. They quickly started their first auto parts business and had their first child Jenniferand five years later, Steven came along. 

While running the fledgling company during the day and working at Walt & Bud's Service Station at night, Bruce always put family, friends and community first, fiercely defending against anything or anyone posing a threat to his establishment. For the next 38 years, Bruce and Elsie would grow their auto parts business to seven successful stores throughout the Eastern Sierra and Nevada. Finally retiring in 1993, they decided to give back to the community and start a part-time business that was the beginning of the Lone Pine Pheasant Club. After a few short years, they were again running a very successful business that would span 21 years, bringing hundreds of visitors each year to enjoy a unique hunting and outdoor experience. Again retiring in 2007, they could focus on their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren without interruption. 

Then in 2008, the devastating floods on Oak Creek damaged and destroyed much of the historic Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Bruce led the volunteer group "Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery" (est. 1997) in the cleanup and restoration of the hatchery building and grounds, which amounted to thousands of volunteer hours and years of hard labor to complete; he was very proud of the volunteers and the work they accomplished. Bruce was larger than life, loved life and was well-loved in return. He was honest, straightforward and hardworking. This extraordinary man was a beloved legend who was greatly respected by all who knew him. 

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents George and Laura Ivey. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; daughter, Jennifer Ivey; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Teresa Ivey; grandchildren, Bruce and Joey Peterson, Kristen Peterson and companion Matt Stine, Edward Ivey, and Brandon and Mindy Patterson; Great-grandchildren, Paisley Peterson, Zackary Patterson, Steven, Dante and Laura Allen; Abigail and Jordan Stine; and godson, Gabe Fogarty. 

Even during the tough times this past year, Bruce always enjoyed the company of friends and maintained a witty sense of humor. He taught and continues to teach us every day what hard work, honesty, and strength can accomplish. Thanks and prayers go out to the many good friends that have been by our side through this incredible journey. Grampa Bruce, you will be missed beyond our imagination, but your legacy will live forever through your love and wonderful memories. 

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