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Celebrity Guests

​​Ben Mankiewicz

Ben Mankiewitz 2Ben Mankiewicz is a host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his TCM debut in September 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network's history. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mankiewicz graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He began his television career as a producer at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., before starting his on-air work as a news reporter and anchor at WCSC, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC. He moved south to Miami in 1998 to become a reporter for Barry Diller's innovative start-up station, WAMI-TV, and in 1999 and 2000 he was named Best TV News Anchor in South Florida by the weekly newspaper New Times. 

Mankiewicz is from a film family himself. His grandfather was screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (“Citizen Kane”) and great uncle Joseph L. Mankiewicz was a producer and director of “All About Eve”) and the type of films you would see on TCM. His father, Frank Mankiewicz, was longtime president of National Public Radio. 

 

Join Ben for panels this weekend following the screenings:

FRIDAY @ 7:30  - The Big Trail - High School Auditorium: Friday @ 7:30 PM (Admission by Festival Button Only)

SATURDAY @ 7:30  - Broken Lance - High School Auditorium: Friday @ 7:30 PM  (Admission by Festival Button Only)

 

R.J. Wagner

RJ Headshot Credit Greg Gorman 72 dpiIn a career that has spanned more than sixty years, Robert Wagner has witnessed the Golden Age of Hollywood as well as the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both. Currently, he is reoccurring guest star on the CBS-TV hit series, NCIS. While Wagner was still a young man under contract to 20th Century Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck cast him in With a Song in My Heart. His teary performance as crippled soldier responding to the singing of Susan Hayward endeared him to both the studio and the public. Though only a minute in duration, it was the part to launch a storied career.

Among Wagner's early films were Halls of Montezuma (1951) and With a Song in My Heart (1952). He appeared with screen legend Barbara Stanwyck in Titanic (1953), portrayed the title role in Prince Valiant (1954) and learned about his craft from working with Spencer Tracy in Broken Lance (1954) and The Mountain (1956).

In 1976, Sir Laurence Olivier chose Wagner to star with him in the television adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, in which Wagner co-starred with his wife, the late Natalie Wood. He also starred in This Gun for Hire, Danielle Steel's Jewels and To Catch a King.

However, Wagner may be best known for starring in the hit television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–70) with Fred Astaire where he was nominated for an Emmy, Switch (1975–78) with Eddie Albert and Sharon Gless, and Hart to Hart (1979–84) where he and Stefanie Powers played a crime solving duo. He has also appeared more recently on Two and a Half Men.

In film, Wagner is loved for his roles as Number Two in the Austin Powers trilogy of films (1997, 1999, 2002), and George Lytton in Peter Sellers’ The Pink Panther. A small sample of his numerous film credits include: A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Curse of the Pink Panther, Midway, The Towering Inferno, Harper, The True Story of Jesse James, All the Fine Young Cannibals and the cult classic, Wild Things.

Wagner's autobiography, Pieces of My Heart: A Life, written with author Scott Eyman in 2008, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2014, he and Scott published You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age. which gave an inside look at his life and career, from caddying for Clark Gable as a teen to friendships with the biggest Hollywood names of our time. Most recently in 2016, Wagner and Eyman published I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses which details the lives of the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day.In addition to all his film and television ventures, Wagner has toured the world performing A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, with Stefanie Powers, who were the first to launch the tour internationally. He performed Love Letters again, this time with his wife, Jill St. John, breaking house records and including a sold-out three week engagement at the Royal George Theater in Chicago.

Wagner enjoys golfing and spending time with Jill St. John (his wife of twenty-eight years), his three daughters, Katie, Natasha and Courtney, his grandson Riley, and beloved German Shepard, Max.

RJ, as he is called by friends, is attending the Film Festival for the first time. The Saturday evening screening will be Broken Lance (1954), in which he played Joe Devereaux. The movie also starred Spencer Tracy, Jean Peters and Richard Widmark. A post film panel led by Ben Mankiewicz will include author Scott Eyman, and Wagner in a discussion of Wagner’s memories on making the film. There will be a Q & A following the discussion.

Sunday @ 2:00 PM there will be a screening of Wagner’s 1957 film, The True Story of Jesse James.

I Loved here In the MoviesI Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses  will be available in the Museum store. Robert will also be autographing books during the weekend. Please see Museum staff or Ticket office for schedule.

Patrick Wayne

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Son of famed Academy Award winning actor, John Wayne, and godson of Oscar winning director, John Ford,Patrick Wayne is a veteran of over thirty-five motion pictures, four television series, as well as numerous television episodes and commercials. Wayne was born in Los Angeles, California, attended Loyola High School and, upon graduation, entered Loyola University in California, where he received his B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Philosophy.

Wayne began his acting career at the age of eleven and, with the exception of active duty in the Coast Guard, he's been at it ever since. "I had reservations about becoming an actor from the time that I entered college," he says, "I thought I would get a better perspective about a career if my major were something apart from acting. College years and time in the Coast Guard gave me a more objective slant and I finally decided that I wanted a career in the entertainment business."

Many of the films Wayne has appeared in have become memorable examples of American motion picture making. His credits include The Long Grey Line, Mister Roberts, The Searchers, The Alamo, and McLintock!, to name but a few.

In television, Wayne has been equally active having starred in two dramatic series, Shirley and The Rounders, and has been featured on more than ninety television commercials.

He has been the Chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute since 2003. Wayne lives in the lovely Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles and is the father of Michael, Melanie and Anthony. His son. Matthew, is a freshman at York University in England

Join Patrick for the screeing of
The Big Trail
High School Auditorium
Friday @ 7:30 PM
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A newly restored version of John Wayne's 1930, Raoul Walsh film, The Big Trail, Wayne’s first leading role, will be our Friday night screening. After the film, Ben Mankiewicz will moderate a a discussion about the film and John Wayne's career with Author Scott Eyman, who’s book, John Wayne: The Life and Legend, a definitive biography of Wayne , Patrick Wayne, and western author and historian, Ed Hulse.

Scott Eyman

Scott EyemanWith the November 2016 publication of his third collaboration with veteran actor Robert Wagner, “I Loved Her In The Movies,” Scott Eyman has authored 14 books, including the NYT Bestseller “John Wayne: The Life and Legend,” and two other Bestsellers with veteran actor Robert Wagner:  “You Must Remember This” (published March 2014) and  “Pieces of My Heart” (published 2008).

Scott’s next book, “Hank and Jim,” will be published on Oct. 31, 2017, by Simon & Schuster. It’s about the 50-year friendship between Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart.

Among his other books are “Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille,” which won the 2011 Richard Wall Memorial Book Award, “Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer,” “Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford,” “Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise,” and “The Speed of Sound” (all Simon & Schuster) and “John Ford: The Searcher” for Taschen.

Scott was the 2014 recipient of the National Board of Review William K. Everson Award for Film History for his body of work. His journalism and criticism work made him a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He’s won multiple writing awards for his feature writing, film and literary criticism.

He has lectured extensively around the world, most frequently at the National Film Theater in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Moscow Film Theater. He’s done the commentary tracks for many DVDs, including “Trouble in Paradise,” “My Darling Clementine,” and “Stagecoach.”

Scott also writes pieces for Film Comment, as well as book reviews for The Wall Street Journal. He has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as practically every film magazine extinct or still extant.

He’s the former literary and art critic for The Palm Beach Post; he and his wife, Lynn, live in West Palm Beach.

Books by Scott. All will be in the Museum store. Scott will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.

JJohn Wayneohn Wayne: The Life and Legend 


John Ford

Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford

Hank Jim  
     Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

Vanda Krefft

VandaKrefft 72 dpiVanda Krefft is the author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox (HarperCollins, November 2017), the first in-depth biography of Twentieth Century Fox founder William Fox. A former entertainment industry journalist based in Los Angeles, Vanda has an BA in English and an MA in Communication, both from the Unrsity of Pennsylvania, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

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Presentation:
Museum Theater
Friday October 5th   4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join Vanda Krefft on Friday afternoon in “Remembering William Fox” as she shares some of the highlights of Fox’s cultural, cinematic and technical contributions to the art of film making in America. Using references from her research, film clips and newly discovered photographs, you will come to realize why once she began research on Fox for her book; THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES: THE METEORIC RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF WILLIAM FOX, it became a clear that Fox, one of the most important figures in film history, had for the most part been forgotten!

Founder of the Fox Film Corporation (now Twentieth Century Fox), producer of hundreds of feature films, including the original Cleopatra, starring Theda Bara, John Ford's first epic western The Iron Horse, and F. W. Murnau's Sunrise, which is widely considered one of the best movies ever made. William Fox pioneered the foreign expansion of the American film industry; aggressively promoted the revolutionary sound-on-film technology, ensuring a rapid transition to talking pictures; and built many huge, spectacular movie palaces..

THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES:THE METEORIC RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF WILLIAM FOX

William Fox is one of the most important figures in film history--the founder of the Fox Film Corporation (now Twentieth Century Fox), producer of hundreds of feature films, including the original Cleopatra, starring Theda Bara, John Ford's first epic western The Iron Horse, and F. W. Murnau's Sunrise, which is widely considered one of the best movies ever made. Fox also pioneered the foreign expansion of the American film industry; aggressively promoted the revolutionary sound-on-film technology, ensuring a rapid transition to talking pictures; and built many huge, spectacular movie palaces.

Yet, till now, Fox has been virtually forgotten. The reasons have to do with the dark circumstances surrounding his dismissal from power in 1930--a management change, rooted in Wall Street corruption, that nearly ruined the studio and sent Fox into a tailspin of bitterness and despair.

Summary:

A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.

Although a major Hollywood studio still bears William Fox’s name, the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure. Now, in this fascinating biography, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox’s legacy is central to the history of Hollywood.

At the heart of William Fox’s life was the myth of the American Dream. His story intertwines the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York, the city’s vibrant and ruthless gilded age history, and the birth of America’s movie industry amid the dawn of the modern era. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a rich, compelling look at a complex man emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history.

Growing up in Lower East Side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, Fox began selling candy on the street. That entrepreneurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, and the Warner brothers, and launched stars such as Theda Bara. Amid the euphoric roaring twenties, the early movie moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. A fearless risk-taker, Fox won and was hailed as a genius—until a confluence of circumstances, culminating with the 1929 stock market crash, led to his ruin. 

Hardcover: 944 pages  
Publisher: Harper (November 28, 2017)

Book Reviews:

“The most exciting new biography I have read in years. The rags-to-riches tale of William Fox, a fascinating though inexplicably neglected figure in our history, is as big and vibrant as the film industry he helped to found…. Rich in conflict, teeming with energy, and impossible to resist.” — John Matteson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father.

“Krefft captures both the culture of the origins of cinema as a business and the many fascinating personalities at play within the narrative. No longer Hollywood’s forgotten pioneer, William Fox now has the history he deserves.” (Washington Post)

“Life, ever unfair, had its way with the fantastic Mr. Fox. Yet Krefft reminds us, in this big, brassy production of a book, of his grand legacy.” (USA Today, four out of four stars)

“William Fox has been hiding in plain sight, and Ms. Krefft has done an extraordinary job of putting him in the spotlight through exhaustive research in archives and libraries across America. The book is an immensely valuable resource...simultaneously a great American success story and a shudder-provoking cautionary tale.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“In The Man Who Made the Movies, an excellent biography of this criminally forgotten figure, William Fox lives up to his billing…Krefft has exhumed the story of a crucial figure slighted by history. She’s also crafted a captivating portrait of a flawed dynamo.” (Sight & Sound, the magazine of the British Film Institute)

“Today, screens shape the world. How that came to be is, in part, the subject of Vanda Krefft’s magisterial The Man Who Made the Movies. More specifically, the subject is William Fox, the Hungarian-Jewish founder of the Fox movie and TV empire. Krefft is fascinated by the construction of the cinema and the central father-son psychodrama that drove Fox to achieve what he did.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“Whether Krefft is describing how Fox built his studio, ushered in the talkies, or weathered a litany of troubles—bankruptcy, jail time for trying to bribe a judge, and poor health—in his later years, her attention to detail makes for gripping storytelling.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The biographer…proves her case. If there is one man who made the movies, it is William Fox…He brought the world to moviegoers, housing the dreams and aspirations that are, in the end, more than money can buy.” (The Weekly Standard)

“It’s hard not to walk away from the book saddened by Fox’s tragic career arc. …Vanda Krefft argues we shouldn't discount the successes of Fox’s life because his career arc ended in tragedy. Fox ‘did more than anyone else to make the movies what they are today.’ But Krefft’s account is more than a fascinating look into the tactics of building the movie business, it gives us a window into the psychological potholes that can come with success.” (forbes.com)

“… deeply engrossing, scrupulously researched…The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox isn’t just another heroic yarn spun by the mythmakers of Tinseltown. Rather, it’s an unusually revealing window onto the movie industry during the earliest decades of its existence and a fine-grained portrait, pockmarks and all, of one of the flawed men who created it.” (Noah Isenberg, Pennsylvania Gazette)

“Stunningly researched, lucidly told, and consistently illuminating, The Man Who Made the Movies is actually the story of America: the tale of an immigrant who rises high, a captain of industry capturing dreams, a visionary later forgotten after the forces he helped to broker bring him down.” — Brenda Wineapple, award-winning author of Ecstatic Nation and White Heat.

Books by Vanda will be in the Museum store.  She will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.

Book CoverThe Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox

William Wellman Jr.

Wellman JrWilliam Wellman, Jr., son of Hollywood's legendary director, "Wild Bill" Wellman, spent most of his childhood around filmdom's celebrities. His neighborhood was filled with them. Gary Cooper, Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Carole Lombard, Frank Capra, Lana Turner, John Payne, Jennifer Jones, Red Skelton, Peter Lawford, William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd to name just a few. If they weren't coming to his family home, he met them at theirs, or on the sets and locations of 23 of his father's films. His first girlfriend was Jane Fonda. 

Read more: William Wellman Jr.

Wyatt McCrea

Wyatt_McCrea_72dpiWyatt McCrea is the oldest grandchild of the late actor Joel McCrea and his actress wife Frances Dee.  He is the co-owner of Third Point Productions.  Wyatt served as Associate Producer for the series “Gen’s Guiltless Gourmet”, formerly featured on the ION Network, and he serves as Executive Producer for several projects currently under development or in production, including the 2017 release of the documentary – “Floating Horses – The Story of Casey Tibbs”. 

Wyatt was featured as Deputy Walt Tyler in the 2015 western feature “Canyon Trail”.  He has appeared in both print and internet advertising, on the cable series “Call 911”, on the History channel’s series “Big History”, as well as various local and regional commercials.  

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Diamond Farnsworth

diamondfarsworthDiamond Farnsworth is an accomplished stuntman, serving as stunt coordinator on the show NCIS, and before that working on JAG and Quantum Leap. Diamond is the son of Academy Award winning actor/stuntman Richard Farnsworth, who was also a one-time guest of the Festival. Diamond began his stunt career in 1968 and has been serving as a stunt coordinator since 1980. He began with Paint Your Wagon and served as a stunt double for Sylvester Stallone in First Blood, Rambo and Rhinestone. He has also doubled Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Jeff Bridges. 

Documetary Presentation:
High School Auditorium  10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Moderated by Ed Hulse
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Stunt Panel: Moderated by Ed Hulse
High School Quad - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Allen Glazner

Glazner image 72 dpiAllen Glazner grew up among citrus trees in Upland, California, and fell in love with mountains, deserts, and science as a child. He attended Pomona College, majoring in geology, earned a Ph.D. at UCLA, and took a faculty position at the University of North Carolina in 1981, where he has been ever since. He grew up watching monster movies and westerns and knew that those monsters and cowboys were out there in the desert. His research deals with volcanic rocks, granites, and plate tectonics, and he works all over eastern California, including Yosemite, the Mojave Desert, and Owens Valley. He has coauthored three popular books on California’s geology: Geology Underfoot in Southern California, Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park, and, most relevant to Lone Pine, Geology Underfoot in Owens Valley and Death Valley. 

Presentation :

Museum Theatern 
Saturday October 6th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Description

 

 First tour to leave directly after the introductory presentation

Tour Times:

Owens Valley hosts one of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth, and that landscape is pure geology. On this tour we will examine some of the geologic features and forces that built this landscape, including granites, glaciers, faults, and earthquakes. Stops will include granite fins in the Alabama Hills, the fault that produced the great 1872 Lone Pine earthquake, and evidence for the chain of lakes that occupied Owens Valley during glacial times, not long ago.

Tour #1: Saturday October 6th   11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tour #2: Saturday October 6th     1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Books from Allen will be in the Museum store.  He will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.

Geology Underfoot Death Valley

Geology Underfoot in Owens Valley and Death Valley

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Geology Underfoot YosemiteGeology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park

 

Ed Hulse

Ed Hulse Ed Hulse has been a journalist and film historian for nearly 40 years. His essays, reviews, and news stories about the home-video and motion-picture industries have appeared in such mainstream publications as PremiereEntertainment WeeklyVideo ReviewThe New Yorker, and The New York Times in addition to the trade journals VarietyMillimeterVideo Business, and This Week in Consumer Electronics. During the late 1980s his work was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. For four years he edited the consumer magazine Previews, a monthly guide to new video releases. He has co-edited (with Packy Smith) the revised and expanded 1994 version of Don Miller's Hollywood Corral and was  a contributing editor to Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia. Between 2000 and 2007 he was the lead critic and celebrity interviewer for the Film/Video section of Barnes&Noble.com. For 15 years he edited and published the award-winning journal Blood 'n' Thunder, which covered adventure, mystery and melodrama in American pop-culture media of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Additionally, Hulse is the author of The Films of Betty Grable (1996), Filming the West of Zane Grey (2007), Frances Dee: A Film History (2016), Flickering Shadows (2016) and The Wild West of Fiction and Film (2018).  He has also written a two-volume history of silent-era movie serials, Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders (2013) and Handsome Heroes and Vicious Villains (2015). For nearly four years he hosted Movie Mania, the nation's first public-access cable TV show devoted exclusively to motion pictures. For many years he has participated in the Lone Pine Film Festival and was the founder and original editor of Lone Pine in the Movies. His latest book on motion-picture history is Wage Slaves in the Dream Factory: Low-Budget Filmmaking During Hollywood's Golden Age.

Additional publications of Ed's can be found at his website: http://muraniapress.com/

Ed's Schedule...

Hi Yo, Silver!
High School Auditorium 
Friday @ 9:00 AM
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In a special program on Friday morning celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Lone Ranger serial, the 1940 edited feature version of The Lone Ranger, will screen at 9:00 AM. Following the screening there will be a discussion about the serial’s making. The participants will include film historian Ed Hulse and Jay Dee Witney, son of William Witney, co-director of the serial and a previous guest at the Lone Pine Film Festival. Since Hi-Yo Silver was last screened here, Ed has come into possession of documents related to all aspects of production, including the original contract between Republic Pictures and George W. Trendle, owner of the Lone Ranger property. Heretofore unreported information gleaned from these documents will be presented exclusively for Film Festival attendees. Jay Dee will offer anecdotes from his dad about the serial’s making and let us know how important a role this classic film played in Bill Witney’s career. 

After the screening and discussion, Jay Dee will be in the Museum at the William Witney exhibit from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 to answer your questions in our new “One on One” format.

Under Western Stars
High School Auditorium 
Friday @ 11:00 AM
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A Special second "80th Anniversary" screening will be at 11:00 AM following the Lone Ranger. Ed and Jay Dee Witney will introduce Under Western Stars (1938), Roy Roger first feature film, with brief remarks about the film’s production by Ed and Jay Dee, who will talk about William Witney’s association with Roy Rogers.  Julie Rogers Pomilia, Roy & Dale’s granddaughter will be on hand to provide comments from the family’s side as to Roy’s career. After the screening and discussion,  Julie will be in the Museum at the Roy and Dale Evans exhibit from 12:30 Noon to 2:30 PM to your answer questions in our new “One on One” format.

The Big Trail
High School Auditorium
Friday @ 7:30 PM
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A newly restored version of John Wayne's 1930, Raoul Walsh film, The Big Trail, Wayne’s first leading role, will be our Friday night screening. After the film, Ben Mankiewicz will moderate a a discussion about the film and John Wayne's career with Author Scott Eyman, who’s book, John Wayne: The Life and Legend, a definitive biography of Wayne , Patrick Wayne, John's son and western author and historian, Ed Hulse.

STUNTMEN IN HOLLYWOOD with Diamond Farnsworth & Conrad Palmisano  
High School Auditorium
SATURDAY 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Western Historian Ed Hulse, will moderate the Saturday morning panel with Diamond Farnsworth and Conrad Palmisano for a dual presentation on the Stunt Industry. The first part to be in the High School auditorium will be four film presentations. The first a compilation on Richard Farnsworth as a stuntman and actor; the second on Diamond's career as a stuntman, the third featuring Conrad's work as a stunt coordinator and as a director and the fourth a compilation of historic stunts compiled by and presented by Ed Hulse. The Auditorium presentation will be followed by a Stunt panel discussion in the High School Quad.

STUNT PANEL DISCUSSION
High School QUAD
SATURDAY 
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Additional Reading: Museum Exhibit Document: Stuntman

 

ROBiN HOOD OF  EL DORADO
High School Auditorium
Sunday @ 10.00 AM
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Director by William A. Wellman, this 1936 MGM film stars Warner Baxter, Ann Loring, Bruce Cabot and J. Carrol Naish. Bill Wellman Jr. will be on hand with Ed to discuss his father’s relationship with MGM and in making films in Hollywood over a period of almost 40 years.

 

Ed has a number of publications; the following will be available for purchase and signing by Ed.

WILD WEST cover 72 dpi #2 #3 #4

   The Wild West of Fiction and Film $25.00

  Wage Slaves in the Dream Factory:  Low-Budget Film Making During  Hollywood's Golden Age $25.00
  
  Masked Riders Of The Plains: The Lone Ranger Serials $10.00

  Bottom Half of the Double Bill


Jay Dee Witney

JD 2 Image 2018His father was director, William Witney; his mother was actress, Maxine Doyle.  Director John (Jack) English, his father’s best friend and partner on all of those Republic serials, was his godfather. Actress Virginia Carroll was his godmother.  Her husband was actor, Ralph Byrd – TV’s original Dick Tracy – but to young Jay Dee he was simply “Uncle Ralph.”

The picture business in the 40s – 60s was like family – real family – so Jay Dee had many “uncles” growing up including Davy (Sharp), Roy (Rogers), Jim (Davis), Rex (Allen), Slim (Pickens) and many others.  All the kids knew each other, played together and some went to the same schools.  It was a great time to grow up.

It was only natural that Jay Dee would step into Hollywood.  He worked on many TV shows and feature films, including Bonanza, Laredo, The Virginian, Mission Impossible, Hondo, Gomer Pile USMC, Man From UNCLE, Dragnet, The Graduate, The Steagle, Misery . Now, after a 40 year hiatus from the motion picture business, he is returning to his roots and keeping his father’s legacy alive.  He has created a website www.williamwitney.complus a Facebook page and has published some of his Dad’s scripts and screenplays.  He is currently producing short memorabilia videos and producing behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, voice over's and other projects with producer, William Winckler (son of  child actor, Bobby Winckler, who also worked with William Witney).

Jay Dee, joins us this year as we celebrate The Lone Ranger’s 80th anniversary. (He will be part of the panel & Q &A with Ed Hulse after the screening of Hi Yo Silver on Friday TBD in the High School Auditorium.

And on Friday afternoon (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM) and on Saturday morning (10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon) you can visit with Jay Dee – “One on One” in the museum. Jay Dee will be sitting in the North wing, in front of the exhibit he helped curate of his father’s career. He’s got lots of great stories and ready to answer any question comes his way!

About William Witney

An interviewer once asked director William Witney the secret to making good Westerns. "It's really very simple," he said. "Make sure you have good headlights on your car." At the look of puzzlement on the interviewer's face, Witney explained (with that ever-present twinkle in his eye), "because you go to work in the dark and you come home in the dark." He knew what he was talking about. This man, who would become known for his fast-paced and action-packed serials and features, started making movies in the '30s. "Back then," Witney once said, "we'd start in the morning before the sun came up, shooting with flares."

Over the years, Witney built a legacy that continues to this day. Although his hey-day in motion pictures was in the'30s, '40s and '50s, in television from the mid-'50s through the '60s and his last film was in 1982, film-makers are still being influenced by him, more than a quarter of a century later. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have admitted that Saturday afternoon serials inspired the Indiana Jones movies. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown) calls William Witney a "forgotten master."  Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1915, Witney began in the picture business as a messenger boy for Mascot Pictures, which shot its interiors on the Mack Sennett lot, later home to Republic Pictures. He mimeo’d scripts, helped gather props, did script continuity on the set and even learned editing. The first serial he helped cut was The Miracle Rider with Tom Mix.

With a 40-year career Witney directed or co-directed 24 serials, 64 features and hundreds of episodes for such diverse television series as Lassie, Sky King, Zorro, Mike Hammer, M Squad, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Tales of Wells Fargo, Laramie, The Virginian, Alfred Hitchcock, Daniel Boone, The Wild Wild West and High Chaparral. (The serial titles included such now classics as The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, The Perils of Nyoka, three Dick Tracys and Zorro's Fighting Legion, (a Steven Spielberg favorite).  

Jay Dee's Schedule

Hi Yo, Silver!
High School Auditorium 
Friday @ 9:00 AM
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In a special program on Friday morning celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Lone Ranger serial, the 1940 edited feature version of The Lone Ranger, will screen at 9:00 AM. Following the screening there will be a discussion about the serial’s making. The participants will include film historian Ed Hulse and Jay Dee Witney, son of William Witney, co-director of the serial and a previous guest at the Lone Pine Film Festival. Since Hi-Yo Silver was last screened here, Ed has come into possession of documents related to all aspects of production, including the original contract between Republic Pictures and George W. Trendle, owner of the Lone Ranger property. Heretofore unreported information gleaned from these documents will be presented exclusively for Film Festival attendees. Jay Dee will offer anecdotes from his dad about the serial’s making and let us know how important a role this classic film played in Bill Witney’s career. 

Under Western Stars

High School Auditorium 
Friday @ 11:00 AM
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A Special second "80th Anniversary" screening will be at 11:00 AM following the Lone Ranger. Ed and Jay Dee Witney will introduce Under Western Stars (1938), Roy Roger first feature film, with brief remarks about the film’s production by Ed and Jay Dee, who will talk about William Witney’s association with Roy Rogers.  Julie Rogers, Roy & Dale’s granddaughter will be on hand to provide comments from the family’s side as to Roy’s career.  

After the screening and discussion, Jay Dee will be in the Museum at the William Witney exhibit from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 to answer your questions in our new “One on One” format.

 William Witney: In a Door, Into a Fight, Out a Door, Into a Chase: Moviemaking Remembered by the Guy at the Door

Learn more about Jay Dee & William Witney @ http://williamwitney.com

 

Books from Jay Dee will be in the Museum store.  He will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.

In a Door Into a Fight Out a Door

In a Door, Into a Fight, Out a Door, Into a Chase: Moviemaking Remembered by the Guy at the Door

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Jay C. Munns

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Jay C. Munns has been entertaining audiences for nearly five decades, specializing in vintage American music from saloon piano to the great song hits of the 'twenties, 'thirties and 'forties. He has performed for two U.S. presidents and entertained countless celebrities including Bob Hope, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, as well as movie directors from Hal Roach and Mervyn Leroy to Steven Spielberg.

He first began accompanying silent movies in college beginning with Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush. He has accompanied the silent films of Laurel and Hardy at festivals in the U.S. and England and has accompanied screenings of silent westerns for the Autry Museum of the American West. This is his fourth appearance at the Lone Pine Film Festival.

His love of vintage music and silent movies was instilled by a grandmother, who led a dance band and accompanied silent movies in rural Idaho in the 'teens and 'twenties.

 More info on Jay C.  ... .see http://www.jaycmunns.com

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Larry Maurice

larry_doorwayLarry Maurice is Lone Pine’s favorite Cowboy Poet and Master of Ceremonies. He has spent the last twenty years as a cowboy, horse wrangler and packer in the Eastern Sierra and the high deserts of Nevada. Over the last few years, Larry has had to juggle 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. From the Thursday Night Museum Gala, to the closing campfire in the park on Sunday, Larry will keep things moving along.

See http://larrymaurice.com/

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Larry's participation in our Festival is underwritten by the  Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation."

 

Maurice BOOK COVER FRONT 72 dpiRhyme Riders Trail will be available in the Museum store. Larry will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.

Larry Floyd

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Larry Floyd was born in South Norfolk, Va. in April 1942. Currently a resident of the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake, Va. Larry is retired after 33 years with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation as Deputy Asst. Director.

Larry served as Director of the former Williamsburg Film Festival for over 20 years and is Director of the new Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest which debuts in November 2018 in Williamsburg Virginia. An avid gun collector and gun historian, Larry is a member of the American Society of Arms Collectors, the Sharps Collectors Association and a member of the Company of Military Historians, a 50 year veteran of the North-South Skirmish Association. and a member of the Board of Advisers Great Bridge Battlefield Foundation. Larry has collected antique firearms for over 50 years, concentrating on the period 1800 to 1900.

Floyd is a long-time supporter of the Lone Pine Film Festival and married to the lovely, Nell, who accompanies him every year to help us celebrate. 

Larry will  in the Museum theater to discuss "The Hand Gun: Western Fact and Western Film"

The Presentation
Museum Theater
Friday 10:00AM - 11:30 AM
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Larry's presentation - "The Hand Gun: Western Fact and Western Filmwill cover handguns and holsters used in the “West” of the 19th Century and how Hollywood interpreted their use in movies of the 20th Century and provide insight into fact & fiction on guns used in movies. Larry will also provide historical perspective on many of the guns housed in the museum’s collection. After the presentation those attending will be invited to take a closer look and hold a weapon if they so desire. Question will be entertained at any time during the presentation.

William Chemerka

William Chemerka Image 4 72 dpiBill Chemerka is the author of fifteen books which include Fess Parker: TV's Frontier Hero, Rock and Roll Recollections: A Journalist's 50-Year Diary, General Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere’s Grandson, Music of the Alamo: From 19th Century Ballads to Big-Screen Soundtracks, and Gunga Din: From Kipling's Poem to Hollywood's Action-Adventure Classic.

Chemerka, a member of the Western Writers of America and the Company of Military Historians, frequently lectures at historical organization events, public functions and on television. He has been an on-camera commentator for ten History channel productions including The Real West: The Battle of the Alamo, Frontier: The Decisive Battles, Live From Austin: The Story of Davy Crockett, and America’s Book of Secrets.

Chemerka, is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and has appeared on the BBC, C-SPAN’s Book TV, and radio and television programs around the country. He was also a co-writer for the History Channel’s Emmy-nominated documentary First Invasion: The War of 1812, and was the writer and associate producer for the independent docudrama film, The Battle of Bunker Hill.

Chemerka founded The Alamo Society in 1986, and served as the editor of The Alamo Journal, the organization's official publication, for thirty years. He was a founding member of the North Jersey Civil War Roundtable, and received the organizations’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Florida. 

PRESENTATION 
Bill will provide a brief history of the making of Gunga Din.

Saturday October 6th  (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM)
Museum Theater
Admittance by Festival Button or Tour Ticket Only

TOURS TOO!

The Producers of Gunga Din used a number of locations in the Alabama Hills. Join Bill on a very special opportunity to tour the Gunga Din locationsThe tour will focus in battle scenes in the Ruiz Hill area, The Temple of Horseshoe Meadow, a quick stop near where tent city was built and the famous Gunga Din bridge.

Tour Times:

Tour #1: Saturday October 6th   12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM

Tour #2: Sunday October 7th     3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Gunga Din BookGunga Din: From Kipling's Poem to Hollywood's Action-Adventure ClassicBooks will be available in the Museum store. Bill will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.

Event Tickets

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Conrad Palmisano
Robert Wagner
William Wellman Jr.

 

Master of Ceremonies
Larry Maurice


Guest & Panelists

William Chemerka
Larry Floyd
Allen Glazner
Scott Harris
Don Kelsen
Dennis Liff
Julie Rogers Pomilia
 

Panel Moderator
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