The Tour Guides & Presenters

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Don Kelsen
Tour Coordinator, Festival Committee Member, Photographer

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Greg Parker
Tour Guide, Festival Committee Member

Don has been attending and learning about Alabama Hills film locations since our first Festival in 1990. Inspiration for pinpointing filming locations comes from Kelsen’s association with Festival co-founder Dave Holland and their work together on Dave’s first video, ON LOCATION IN LONE PINE.

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Larry Maurice
Tour Guide, Cowboy Poet, and Festival Host

Larry has spent the last 36 years as a cowboy, horse wrangler and packer in the Eastern Sierra and the high deserts of Nevada. You’re likely to find him on a horse when he is not performing his brand of Cowboy Poetry. He received the Lifetime Achievement in Cowboy Poetry Award from the National Cowboy Symposium, and the Academy of Western Artists’ coveted Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Cowboy Poet of the Year. Maurice has been a Lone Pine regular since the Festival’s beginning in 1989.

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Richard W. Bann
Tour Guide, Author, Film Historian

Richard is a film historian and author of books on Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, W.C. Fields, Hal Roach, and John Wayne. He’s also a regular essayist for Lone Pine at the Movies, and a major source for 16mm prints for the Film Festival the last 20 years.

 
Bann started his career as a CPA, testifying on behalf of William Boyd Enterprises; was vice president of Blackhawk Films, and served as consultant to CMG Worldwide agency, which represents the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, James Dean, Jackie Robinson, and others. Bann is a library consultant to European film and TV company Kirch Media GmbH, responsible for restoring and preserving the Hal Roach Studios 35mm nitrate film collection.


 

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Katie VonSydow
Tour Guide, Museum Board Member, Geologist

 

Katie VonSydow is a field geologist who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Western Film History. She has a B.S. in Geology from Cal State San Bernardino, her G.I.T. Certification from the State of California, and her Master of Science, Earth and Environmental Science (M.S.E.E.S.) in Geology from Cal State San Bernardino. She lives with her partner, Justin, and their dog, Buddy, in Lone Pine.

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The DelGaudio Brothers
John & Mike

The DelGaudio Brothers grew up on Huntington, Long Island (yes the same Huntington as Chris Langley!) & enjoyed watching old westerns on TV with our Dad. We've been traveling out to California and attending the Lone Pine Film Festival since 1996 and have been searching out and visiting film locations ever since. Mike still lives in Huntington and is a computer programmer. John lives in Fredericksburg, VA and is retired from the NY State Police.

Greg has been a dedicated Lone Pine movie location hunter since meeting late film festival board member, Ray Powell, in 1999. To date he has found over 2000 scene locations from over 180 movies and television shows in and around Lone Pine that began with finding the chase scenes in High Sierra with Humphrey Bogart on Whitney Portal Rd. Greg graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and has lived in Reno, NV since 1978. With an appreciation of pioneering film-making he is an avid silent movie buff whose personal collection includes films dating back to 1903’s The Great Train Robbery featuring “Bronco Billy” Anderson. Greg has recently retired and now serves on the Lone Pine Film Festival Planning Committee.

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Page Williams
Tour Guide, Historian, Photographer

Page is a California Historian, and a fifth generation native of California. Page spent over 40 years working in the film industry until her retirement five years ago. She is an avid photographer and horsewoman.

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Thomas Kelsey
Tour Guide, Photojournalist

Thomas Kelsey’s connection to the Eastern Sierra runs deep as he has skied, fished, hiked and photographed the area since the 1970’s. During his career, he has worked as a staff photographer at nine different newspapers including 12 years at the Los Angeles Times. He grew up in California’s Central coast and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA with a degree in Journalism in 1977. In 1981, Kelsey was chosen to attend the Ansel Adams Workshop. It was Adams’ last workshop in his beloved Yosemite Valley. Spending time with Ansel Adams in the Sierra Nevada sparked a passion into Kelsey’s photography that he has to this day. He has published two books, The Spirit of the West, a 30 year project focused on landscape & wildlife photography in the Western United States and 75 Years Later-Warbirds, Airman & Veterans of World War II, a tribute that honors the Greatest Generation in 2020.

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Tyler Malone
Tour Guide, Writer

Tyler Malone is a writer, professor, and film location hunter. He lives in Los Angeles and writes film, literature, and art criticism for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, Poetry, CineasteLiterary Hub, RogerEbert.com, Artforum, and elsewhere.

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Marc Wanamaker
Bison Archives, Historian, Author, Presenter

Marc Wanamaker is a renown historian, archivist, and lecturer in film history. In 1971, he founded Bison Archives in Los Angeles, a leading repository of research and photographs of motion picture history. He assisted in forming the American Film Institute facilities in Beverly Hills in 1969 and was an AFI staff member for seven years. His extensive list of publications includes over a dozen books as well as articles in the Los Angeles Times and interviews in numerous documentaries related to motion picture history.

Wanamaker is a founder of the Los Angeles International Film Exposition and assisted in forming The American Cinematheque. His vast experience co-producing film festivals and expositions led to an appointment as a program consultant with the Pordenone Silent Film Conference in Italy. He has tapped into his vast collection in Bison Archives to produce several historical film festivals, conferences, and programs.

In 2012, he donated more than 70,000 photographs from his private collection at Bison Archives to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library.

Members of the China Lake Astronomical Society, Ridgecrest, California
 

The China Lake Astronomical Society is a place for people who want to learn about, participate in, and share astronomy activities and education. and education.

We are based in Ridgecrest and China Lake, California, in the Indian Wells Valley of the Mojave Desert. We are just over the mountains from Death Valley and some of the darkest skies in the United States.

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Peter Mason
Photographer, Broadcast Engineering Consultant

Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950’s, Peter was always interested in technology.  His father was a college physics professor who brought home equipment from work like tape recorders, and film projectors.  He became interested in movies and the new medium of television as a result.   Both his grandfathers were interested in photography, too.  He learned to photograph and make prints in a darkroom.  During high school he was a member of the school’s Sound Crew and began a lifelong interest in theatre arts, mostly from the technical side of the footlights.

 

In college, he and a friend formed a film production company to produce 16mm films.  They owned basic gear: a Bolex REX camera, Tandburg sound sync recorder, and a few lights.  Their partnership made some sports films for the local YMCA and did some promotional work, too.  About this time, Peter acquired the Technicolor 3-strip Camera, DF23.

 

In 1975, Peter graduated from Loyola Marymount University with an Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and TV Production.  During his early career, he freelanced in Hollywood doing video camera work, lighting, and video tape editing. He worked on numerous commercial, documentary, and music video projects (before there was an MTV).

 

In the 1980’s he took a detour into computer software development and also worked as a systems engineer for Mitsubishi Electric in the Diamond Vision Group (large outdoor video displays for stadiums and arenas).  This led to a 20 year career in Broadcast TV Systems Engineering with National TeleConsultants, Glendale, CA.  His work with NTC included consulting and design projects for major broadcasters and film studios including ABC, ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, Warner Bros, DirecTV, and Viacom.

 

Peter retired from NTC in 2013 and in 2015 moved from Los Angeles to the Sierra Foothills (Grass Valley/Nevada City).  He is currently an active volunteer with Veterans-TV.org, a job training program designed to teach specific skills to Veterans who are seeking a career in Broadcast TV.  In addition, he is the Nevada County Emergency Coordinator for the local Amateur Radio Emergency Services Group and holds an EXTRA class Amateur Radio License N6ERL.

Peter Mason began taking photographs in the mid 1960's. These were snapshots of family trips and YMCA camp outs. Peter was introduced to the magic of the darkroom when a neighbor constructed one behind his garage. Watching that first print appear in the tray of developer was all it took. Soon he too had a darkroom, constructed in a playhouse behind his parents' home. Over the years he experimented with several film formats including 127, 6x6cm, 35mm, 6x12cm and 4x5in. Currently he uses a full-frame "35mm" digital camera for capture and a large format pigmented ink printer to make prints.

 

His interest in fine art photography was kindled by Ansel Adams' large folio Images 1923-1974 published by New York Graphic Society in 1974. Other influences include the work of Richard Knepp, John Sexton, Don Kirby, and Stu Levy.

http://www.petermason.com/

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Louis Race
First Assistant Director, STAR TREK: VOYAGER

Louis Race was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a Second Unit or Assistant Director, known for INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984), MAJOR LEAGUE II (1994), YESTERDAY WAS A LIE (2009), STAR TREK: VOYAGER (1996), and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1996-99). Lou worked on the last Western TV series shot at Universal - SARA (1976). He says that Star Trek is just Westerns in space. STAR TREK: VOYAGER is actually WAGON TRAIN and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE is GUNSMOKE.

He has been married to Judy Race since June 3, 1989.