Final details, celebrities, events, screenings for the 2018 Film Festival
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October  4 - 8, 2018


This year’s 29th Lone Pine Film Festival will celebrate, among other subjects, the cultural, cinematic and technical contributions of William Fox and the Fox Film Corporation with guest author Vanda Krefft, who has recently released the definitive biography on Fox, The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox. Vanda’s presentation on William Fox will highlight his many contributions to the art of film making, as well as the exhibiting and marketing of some of the great films of the 20th century.

Following our late Thursday afternoon, welcoming gala will be a pre-release screening of Perry King’s new film, The Divide. Set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976, the story of Sam Kincaid, an aging rancher with a failing memory, Sarah, his estranged daughter, and Luke, a young ranch hand who finds himself in the midst of a family in crisis, all facing the realities of an unforgiving landscape and the need to reconcile a long-ago tragedy.

A special screening on Saturday afternoon will showcase the rare 1933 film, Smoky, based on the 1927 Will James novel, Smoky The Cowhorse. The film features Will James on screen introducing and narrating this wonderful first adaptation which stars Victor Jory and Irene Bentley. The Festival is honored to host a large contingency of the Will James Society in for the weekend. Noted Canadian filmmaker, Claude Gagnon, will be on hand to discuss his ten-year mission to document James life in a documentary to be released later in 2018.

Dennis Liff, a historian of Southern California's Iverson Ranch, will discuss the unique landscapes of the Iverson Ranch and the multitude of Westerns filmed there.

Larry Floyd, gun collector/historian, will be returning with an exciting presentation on " The Hand Gun: Western Fact and Western Film, a comparison of fact & fiction on guns and holsters used in movies. Larry will also provide background on many of the guns housed in the museum’s collection. Also returning will be Dave Matuszak with his ''Top Ten" presentation. 

Throughout the weekend, over 20 movie site tours will be led by our expert docents to complement the screenings. Movie locations will include John Wayne's Oregon Trail; Bill Cody’s Frontier Days; Hopalong Cassidy’s Strange Gamble andBurt and Donna Yost will return with a special edition of their “East of Lone Pine” tour. This year will also see a return of the very popular Gunga Din tour, as well as the Owens Valley Water War tour led by area historian Page Williams. Page will also lead a Saturday morning Arches tour.  Larry Maurice's annual Sunrise Tours on Friday and Saturday morning will be back again by popular demand as well as our Australian “Lone Piner’s” Ross Schnioffsky and Warren Davey returning for a revamped encore of their Hell Bent with Audie Murphy tour. Two new tours this year will be – Around the Lake; Into the Sand Dunes; the Films of Owens Lake led by Chris Langley and Wagon Train to the Stars – a new format on our Science fiction film heritage hosted by Robert & Krissy Oswald.

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We have had many requests over the last few years for an Alabama Hills geology tour. This year we are very excited to have noted, author and geologist, Dr, Allen Glazner. His 1997 book, Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley, defined the granite landscape of the Eastern Sierra. Alan will conduct a two-hour geology tour of the Alabama Hills preceded by a 60-minute perspective in the Museum’s theater. Another exciting tour, hosted by the author of the 2017 book, Gunga Din: From Kipling's Poem to Hollywood's Action-Adventure Classic, William Chemerka, will be on hand to lead two tours on one of Lone Pines greatest movie locations.

Ben Mankiewicz, host of Turner Classic movies will be back with us this year for panels and discussions as well as Wyatt McCrea, Historian Ed Hulse, Producer, Rob Word, and Diamond Farnsworth to name a few. Final details on our Friday night and Saturday night premiere screenings and additional celebrity guests will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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While we will attempt to provide extensive information on the Festival through our Newsletters and the website, questions can be answered through email to: [email protected]  or through the museum: 760-876-9103.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be a member now or at the time of the festival to qualify for discounts?
"Member Price" discounts are available to museum members in good standing as of The Festival Dates: (October 4 - 8, 2018) and or "Button" holders. Museum associates can verify your membership end date and coordinate renewal to benefit from the discounts offered to qualifying members.

2. Do I need a Festival Button to attend the tours.
No, members and button holders receive discounts and can purchase tours at a 10% discount. Individuals, couples or groups who may be here for the day can purchase tours at full price.

3. Do I have to purchase a Festival Button?
SAVE THE DATE Web corner 15 degrees leftNo, if a member, you will still receive your discounts on tours and various events, but you WILL NOT be able to attend the various film screenings, panels and discussions.

4. Who can attend the Thursday night cocktail reception at the Museum?
The Museum's Thursday night cocktail reception is open to the public. Members cost to attend the reception is $10.00 - Non-members $20.00 per person.

5. Can I purchase Day Tickets?
YES... Daily passes are $30.00 and will permit access to all movies and panels for the specific day. Day passes are ONLY available at the ticket office.



Admission to the Museum for the three days

50% Discount on Thursday night Museum reception
 Access to All of the movies shown at the High School Auditorium
for the three days of the Festival
 Entry to Friday & Saturday Evening Special Screenings
with panel discussion post movie
 10% discount on the Movie Site Tours
 Entry to All Celebrity Star Panels @ High School Quad & Auditorium
Full Access Museum Theater Panels

We look forward to seeing you in October.

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