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Saturday, May 25, 2019


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Celebrity Guests

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

Scott Harris Image 72 dpi

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
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

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.


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
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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.

Event Tickets

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30th Anniversary Celebration

Website update &
Ticket Information

Mid June 2019



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