As 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.
Sunday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Admittance by Festival Button Only
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.