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​​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

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.  

Read more: Wyatt McCrea

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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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.

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   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
Admission by Festival Button Only

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
Admission by Festival Button Only

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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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.

Conrad Palmisano

Conrad .Smiling 72 dpiConrad E. Palmisano is a forty-one year veteran of filming action in motion pictures. With more two hundred films and television shows under his belt as a Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator, Conrad has developed a unique style of story telling through action that he has adapted to Second Unit directing. To date he has more than fifty major Second Unit Director credits making him one of the most sought after in the industry.

Conrad is a four time President of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures; he is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally he serves on the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Taurus World Stunt Awards and chairs the National Stunt and Safety Committee as well as serving on the Board of Directors of The Screen Actors Guild.

Conrad will join Diamond Farnsworth for a dual presentation on the Stunt Industry. The first part to be in the High School auditorium featuring three short documentaries: The first a compliation on Richard Farnsworth as a stuntman and actor; the second on Diamond's career as a stuntman, and the third featuring Conrad's work as a stunt coordinator and as a director. The Auditorium presentation will be followed by a Stunt panel discussion in the High School Quad.

For more on Conrad see -  http://www.actiondirectorconrad.com

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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Sara Arrington

Sara Arrington Pic 2016Sara Arrington is originally from Michigan, where she was involved in youth theater from a very young age before getting into film and television work. Her long list of film credits includes the The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau and released in 2016, The Trials of Cate McCall, with Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, and James Cromwell, Savages, directed by Oliver Stone, Safe House, with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, Cinema Verite, with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins, and Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson. She has also appeared in Earth to Echo and SWAT, among other films. Sara’s television credits include recurring roles on the Bosch, Edge of Normal, E-Ring, and guest spots on Cold Case and The Shield. She also boasts a long list of stage credits, including playing Juliet in a Charles Jehlinger Theatre version of Romeo and Juliet. She continues to enjoy the production side of theater as well. Sara and her husband, actor/producer Brendan Wayne – grandson of famed actor John Wayne – are the proud parents of three daughters.

Sara will join us for the Thursday evening screening of, The Divide, which  chronicles the story of Sam Kincaid, an aging rancher with a failing memory. Sarah plays Kincaid's (Perry King) estranged and independent-minded daughter, Sarah.

Scott Harris

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Award-winning and best-selling Western author Scott Harris is a lifelong Western enthusiast who traces his love of Western fiction back to his childhood days of reading Louis L’Amour novels.

Harris has published four novels this year, along with a collection of short stories, and variety of other fiction and non-fiction Westerns. Harris, who loves nothing more than settling into his hammock with a glass of bourbon, a cigar and great Western, has created a Western world filled with fascinating and exciting characters. The Brock Clemons Western series follows the tale of Brock Clemons and his journey into the West accompanied by his horse, “Horse,” and wolf, “Wolf.” The Brock Clemons story, especially when he is joined by his new wife Sophie and his adopted son Huck, is one of bravery, adventure and romance, transporting readers back to a time when chivalry, courage and gun fights ruled the day in the West.

Join Scott and Wyatt McCrea for a discussion on “Writing a Western” in the Twenty First Century.

Museum Theater
FRIDAY OCTOBER 5th 
12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM
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Books by Scott. He will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.

Scott Harris Books

Books by Scott
https://scottharriswest.com/

Dennis Liff

Dennis Liff ImageAs a youngster growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Dennis R. Liff enjoyed visits to the Wild West movie town at Corriganville in nearby Simi Valley — family outings that he still counts among his most cherished childhood memories. He recalls fondly the scenic drive between the two valleys, where Mom would point out the dramatic sandstone formations along the Santa Susana Pass and comment, "They used to make Western movies in those rocks!"

Little did Dennis realize at the time that Mom was talking about a place called the Iverson Movie Ranch, and when Dennis grew up, that location and those rocks would become his obsession — and his life's work.

A writer and journalist by trade and a researcher by choice, Dennis has been studying the Iverson Ranch and other Western filming locations for more than 10 years now. He remains fascinated by the many common threads connecting the most important outdoor locations — including the Iverson Ranch and Lone Pine's Alabama Hills. His presentation will delve into the history of the Iverson Movie Ranch while touching on the many connections between Iverson and Lone Pine — two of the oldest, most heavily filmed and most important filming locations in movie and television history.

PRESENTATION:

Museum Theater
Sunday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Iverson Ranch

In addition to being the first location ranch, Iverson is the most heavily filmed and played a major role in the evolution of Hollywood for more than 60 years. It's the site where classic films including "The Grapes of Wrath," "Tarzan the Ape Man," "Wee Willie Winkie," "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ," "They Died With Their Boots On," "The Fighting Seabees," Buster Keaton's "Three Ages," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "Stagecoach" and countless others were shot, along with virtually all of the classic TV Westerns, from "The Lone Ranger" back in 1949 to "Bonanza" in the 1970s. In combination with important filming sites such as Lone Pine's Alabama Hills, the Iverson Ranch helped define the image of the American West in countless films that were distributed not only across the U.S. but around the world, creating an impression of the land and the culture that even today remains a part of the world's image of America. Liff's presentation will take a deep dive into the history of movie and TV production on the Iverson Ranch and connect some of the dots between two of the most important outdoor filming locations: Iverson and Lone Pine.

Julie Rogers Pomilia

Julie 72 dpiJulie Rogers Pomilia, granddaughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, is the youngest daughter of Tom Fox, Dale’s only biological son.

She has appeared on TV multiple times, with her famous grandparents on variety shows, commercials, and Christian broadcasts. She has performed at The Grand Ol’ Opry, Carnegie Hall, and multiple Western Festivals around the country, often teaming up with Roy Rogers Jr. and the Sons of the Pioneers, the group her grandfather began back in 1933. She is often seen, riding in The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

Julie has taught elementary school for over 25 years, working as a calligrapher on the side. Together, with her husband Gino, they have six grown children and live in Santa Clarita, CA with their two palomino horses and three border collies.

“Growing up in the multi-cultural Rogers’ brood, you were either adopted, foster, a descendent of Roy, or of Dale, she says. “So we had very loud, diverse, and lively holidays when we would all get together out at their ranch in Chatsworth, CA. It was such fun. Grandma and Grandpa, though insanely busy, never missed a birthday or a school play. They instilled in us, the same kindness, faith, and integrity, they showed to the world on the big screen. I couldn’t have asked for better grandparents.”

Julie's Schedule of events.

Screening - Under Western Stars
High School Auditorium
Friday @ 11:00 AM
Admission by Festival Button Only

Celebrating its "80th Anniversary, Under Western Stars, was Roy Rogers first feature film. The screening will be at 11:00 AM and be introduced by western Historian, Ed  Hulse and Jay Dee Witney, Director William Witney's son. Ed will provide brief remarks about the film’s production and Jay Dee, will talk about William Witney’s association with Roy Rogers. Julie will be on hand to provide comments from the family’s side as to Roy’s career. 

"One on One" with Julie in the Museum
Julie will be in the Museum at the Roy and Dale Evans exhibit on Friday from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 to your answer questions in our new “One on One” format. She will also be in the Museum on Saturday - Times to be determined.

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2019 
FILM FESTIVAL
October 10-13


30th Anniversary Celebration

Website update &
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Mid June 2019

 

 

 

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2019

Celebrity Guests

To be Announced

Mid-June
2019