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The Hand Gun: Western Fact and Western Film


The Hand Gun: Western Fact and Western Film

Museum Theater
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Admittance by Festival Button Only

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Cartridge Pocket Handguns
Colt Single and Double Action Handguns 71 dpi
Colt Single And Double Action
Percussion Handguns 72 dpi
Percussion Handguns
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Smith & Wesson and Merwin
& Hulbert Handguns

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 used in movies. Larry will also provide background on many of the guns housed in the museum’s collection.

The presentation will consist of a display with comments of handguns and holsters used in the “West” of the 19th Century and how Hollywood interpreted their use in movies of the 20th Century. 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 

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. 

Museum document on Handguns and Rifles in Exhibits
See  Gunfighters

“Writing a Western” in the Twenty First Century with Scott Harris and Wyatt McCrea


“Writing a Western” in the Twenty First Century with Scott Harris and Wyatt McCrea

The “Western”, as a genre, is uniquely American and an icon. Images of the Old West are burned into our psyche through film and books. No doubt, some of what many of us accept as fact, is more legend or myth, but no less powerful as a result – and certainly no less entertaining.

The West is something that floated throughout our history. To those who first landed here, having sailed in on the Atlantic, present day Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee represented the West. As we rolled westward as a nation, so did our idea of where the West is, until it bumped up against the Pacific Ocean.

But for most of us, when we think of the West, we think of a time following the Civil War and ending right around the beginning of the 20th century. From north to south, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Texas are the beginning of the West. No doubt, most of our first thoughts go to cowboys on horseback and that certainly was the reality for many, but not all. Every walk of life was represented in western towns and cities, many of which sprouted with the discovery of gold or silver, and died off just as quickly. Indians, now known as Native Americans, played a huge role in our “taming of the West.”

If we look at the traditional Old West and we think of the great writers, many of us turn to Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour who were the giants of the western novels. But there were others. Larry McMurtry, the Elmores (Kelton and Leonard), Luke Short, Robert B. Parker and Charles Portis, among dozens of others.

In the Twentieth Century, Westerns were critical in the emerging film industry with Hollywood capturing—or maybe creating—the myths and putting them on film. The Western has at times been the most dominant genre (television in the 1950’s and 1960’s) and has also faded. But it always seems to come back (think Kevin Costner and Dances with Wolves) and is currently experiencing a bit of a resurgence with major motion pictures, a variety of cable television shows, and exploding book sales.

Scott and Wyatt will talk about these challenges and opportunities and how they—and so many others—are working to keep the genre alive. 

About Wyatt McCrea

Wyatt 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.

He is a two-time Western Heritage Awards co-emcee with Ernest Borgnine and Lou Diamond Phillips and a two-time Western Music Association Awards co-emcee. Wyatt enjoys participating in various film festivals and giving presentations in an ongoing effort to preserve the history of his film making grandparents. Over the years, Wyatt has also been active in the family ranching and farming interests. He is a founding member and board president of the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation; serves on the Board of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Golden Boot Awards; is a Board Member of the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation; a Board Member and past board president of RideOn Therapeutic Horsemanship; member of the American Quarter Horse Association (Life Member), NMMI Alumni Association (Life Member); and a member of the Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, CA.

In 2013, Wyatt worked with biographer, Tony Thomas to bring us Joel McCrea: A Film History; a biographical essay and comprehensive filmography on one of Hollywood’s finest actors, Joel McCrea. In 2016 Wyatt partnered up with Writer and Historian, Ed Hulse to publish Francis Dee: A Film History about his grandmother and one of Hollywood’s most talented and beautiful actresses. 

About Scott Harris

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. 


AUDIE MURPHY FIRST TOUR - Immediately Follows Presentation (3:30 PM - 6:00 PM)
First Tour Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 3:30 PM

Hell Bent for Leather

Audie Pic 1

Prior to the first location tour Ross and Warren will present an overview of the life, times, and heroics in real life on and off the screen of America’s great war hero - Audie Murphy. The presentation will use images, film clips and music to showcase the many aspects of a very interesting man. Warren and Ross will focus on the three films that Audie made in the Lone Pine area. This includes; Hell Bent for Leather, Posse from Hell and Showdown. They will also show clips from other film locations that will be sighted on the tour.

Please note that there is only one presentation for the two tours. The presentation and the tour are very closely linked so Warren and Ross believe that you will find the tour more rewarding if you attend this presentation.

About Ross & Warren:

The call of the Alabama Hills has lured Warren Davey and Ross Schnioffsly back to Lone Pine. They have been rootin'-tootin', but very little shootin' lounge chair cowboys since Walt Disney dusted off Davy Crockett's old coonskin cap. Ross and Warren live just west of Lone Pine in the little frontier town of Melbourne, Australia. TV westerns arrived in Australia in 1956 and they have loved them ever since. Despite spending most of their working life in all forms of education from elementary schools to universities, Warren and Ross have held on to their sanity, barely! Ross, who loves making little docos on cinema history, was a research librarian at La Trobe University, Melbourne and Warren, who loves reading about all things western, is a retired elementary school librarian and both happily maintain disorganized lives. Ross and Warren will deliver a presentation on Audie Murphy followed by an updated location tour.


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Tour: FRIDAY October 5th 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum 


Audie Murphy 




Museum Theater
Friday 4:0
0 PM  – 5:30 PM

Admission by Festival Button Only.

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..

Vanda 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, she has an BA in English and an MA in Communication, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Book Cover


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 1930--a management change, rooted in Wall Street corruption, that nearly ruined the studio and sent Fox into a tailspin of bitterness and despair.


“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

“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

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)



Lobby CardTHE MAKING OF GUNGA DIN - 80th Anniversary of the Movies filming (in Lone Pine)

Bill Chemerka loves history: he's taught it, written about it (15 books and hundreds of articles!), and talked about it many times on the History Channel and in public. And he's a longtime fan of Gunga Din; in fact, it's his favorite film.

Chemerka's latest book, Gunga Din: From Kipling's Poem to Hollywood's Action-Adventure Classic, and his Film Festival presentation are more than a "making of" story. They not only provide an in-depth behind-the-scenes description of the film but explain the political climate on the eve of World War II. Learn about the early plagiarism charge against the production company, the movie's legacy as one of the first films broadcast on TV, and its reaction in India. And, not least of all, learn about Rudyard Kipling and the famous poem that started it all!

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


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 

Bill 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.




Don't Miss Allen's Presentation - Geology of Owens Valley a talk by Allen Glazner

Museum Theater
Saturday 10:00 Am - 11:00 AM
Admittance by Festival Button or Tour Ticket Only 

Sierran front 72 dpiThe precipitous mountains, alkali salt flats, granite towers, sand dunes, and other landscape features that make Owens Valley the perfect backdrop for cinema have a geologic story to tell. In this talk Allen will give a brief overview of the events that produced “The Deepest Valley” and its remarkable scenery. Did you know that Owens Valley was recently a huge chain of freshwater lakes, and glaciers filled Sierra Nevada canyons, reaching the valley floor? That everything west of the valley is hitching itself to the Pacific Plate, and Owens Valley will become the new plate boundary? That the Sierra Nevada Range has no root and should not exist? That when you’re in Lone Pine you’re on top of a filled 10,000-foot-deep basin that is as deep as the Sierra Nevada are tall? Come learn about these and other geo-tidbits that give Owens Valley its unique scenery.

About Your Tour Guide:

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.

Books By Allen: See in museum gift shop..

Geology Underfoot in Southern California;  Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park  &  Geology Underfoot in Owens Valley and Death Valley

First tour to leave directly after the introductory presentation


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 - Immediatley after the presentation.

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

STUNTMEN IN HOLLYWOOD with Diamond Farnsworth & Conrad Palisiamo


Loren JumpingModerated by Western Historian Ed HulseJoin 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 compliation 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.

High School Auditorium
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM 
Admission by Festival Button Only

High School QUAD
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM  
Admission by Festival Button Only

Additonal Reading:
Museum Exhibit Document: Stuntman

Hi-Yo Silver

Hi-Yo Silver (1940) - Introduced by Ed Hulse

Screening & Panel
High School Auditorium
Friday 9:00 AM

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.

Hi Yo Silver Lobby 2

Eighty years ago this very weekend, movie-theater patrons in America and many foreign countries were following Republic Pictures' 15-chapter serial, The Lone Ranger, then just finishing its first-run engagements. A phenomenal success, it was the only Republic chapter play to generate more than a million dollars in worldwide revenue—at a time when Saturday-matinee attendees typically paid 10 to 15 cents for admission. This adaptation of the popular radio series was cut down to 69 minutes for release in 1940 as a feature film titled Hi-Yo Silver, which has been preserved from its original 35mm negative. (The serial versions of both The Lone Ranger and its 1939 sequel, The Lone Ranger Rides Again, survive only in pale, blurry copies of 16mm prints with Spanish subtitles.) A 16mm show print was struck from the preservation material solely for exhibition at a previous Lone Pine Film Festival and has since been released on DVD

Hi Yo Silver

Hulse, one of the Festival's resident film historians, has recently obtained copies of heretofore unavailable documents related to The Lone Ranger's production, which took place largely in Lone Pine. This treasure trove of behind-the-scenes information—including contracts, budgets, schedules, memos, telegrams, lawyers' letters, and personal correspondence—was unearthed from the archives of WXYZ owner George W. Trendle by indefatigable Old Time Radio researcher Martin Grams, who is currently writing what will be the definitive book on the Masked Rider of the Plains in all his media incarnations. With Martin's permission Ed will present much of this never-before-disseminated information to accompany our 80th anniversary screening of Hi-Yo Silver.

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 Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, Video Review, The New Yorker, and The New York Times in addition to the trade journals Variety, Millimeter, Video 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.

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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/ 




Museum theater

Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Admittance by Film Festival Button Only

TrailGuideCover“Top 10 List” selection returns to the festival for its thirteenth year. David Matuszak, author of The Cowboy’s Trail Guide to Westerns, returns to the festival to moderate an audience discussion about a new subject related to Western filmmaking. Each year Western movie fans gather to discuss and select a list of their top 10 favorites in various Western categories.

This year Matuszak will host a “round table discussion” regarding the best feature-length Western movie ending scenes of all time. The final scene of a Western is often the most memorable. Who can forget the closing scene of Shane? Watch examples of classic final scenes and decide for yourself which are your favorites. Help select the festival’s official Top 10 list.

Matuszak will lead a discussion regarding the essential elements of America’s only true art form—Western filmmaking. Discuss how the Western bridges the gap between the myth of the West and the spirit of the West. Explore the contributions that Westerns have made to American culture. Compare your favorite Western movie ending scenes with Matuszak’s top 10 list. Join in the discussion or sit back and enjoy the conversation of both working and armchair cowboys alike as they select the “Lone Pine Film Festival’s Top 10 Western Movie Final Scenes

David Matuszak is a Western historian and modern-day frontiersman. He has written extensively about the American West, particularly the Western film genre, and has spent his life experiencing frontier adventures. From breaking horses in the tradition of the Californio vaquero, competing in ranch roping competitions, prospecting the Sierra Nevada, performing in a Wild West show, riding with the mounted posse, building a log cabin, buffalo hunting, re-enacting the Lewis & Clark expedition, to ranching, Matuszak has spent his entire life living and exploring in the West. He brings to any discussion of the West real-life frontier experiences along with an academic background.



willjamesheadshot 72 dpiWILL JAMES - HIS LEGACY,  LITERATURE & ART

High School Auditorium
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Admittance by Festival Button Only

The Will James Society in conjunction with the Lone Pine Film Festival will pay tribute to one of America's great cowboy talents - Will James. The Society, is dedicated to Promoting the Legacy, Literature and Art of the great cowboy author, and through its programs particularly the gifting of his inspirational books to schools, public libraries, military units and hospitals throughout the world, and other interested and worthy institutions and associations.

Smoky Cowhorse 1933 Poster

James most famous book, Smoky the Cowhorse, was translated three times into movies. In  1933, Smoky, a Fox Film directed by Eugene Forde and starring - Victor Jory, Irene Bentley, Frank Campeau. This film was narrated by Will James himself. A 1946 version, released by Twentieth Century Fox and directed by Louis King starred -Fred MacMurray, Anne Baxter and Bruce Cabot. The final, released in 1966 by Twentieth Century Fox and directed by George Sherman starred - Fess Parker, Diana Hyland and Katy Jurado.

The Festival is very excited to be screening the 1933 original, Smoky, with James narrating. Following the screening a panel including Sharon DeCarlo, the Editor of the Cowboys North & South - Official publication of the Will James Society and one of James Society founders, Tom Decker will host30 minute Q & A.  

Will James Society

WIll James SocietyThe Will James Society was formed in 1992 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Society's purpose was and is to Promote the Legacy, Literature and Art of the Great Cowboy author, Will James, through the gifting of his inspirational books to schools, public libraries, our military units and hospitals throughout the world, and other interested and worthy institutions and associations.

This years Annual Will James Society Gather is proud and grateful to be a part of the Lone Pine Film Festival. This will be the first time the Society has partnered with another event to share James legacy at our gather and the first time that one of James books, that was made into movie, has been honored and shared with a specific and enthusiastic western film audience. The Will James Society board and members are looking forward to the entire schedule of events at the festival. Some of our members are coming to Lone Pine from as far away as Wisconsin, Alabama and Canada!

The Will James Society is made up of ladies and gentlemen who grew up with a special love of cowboys, horses and the western way of life. Will James books and all three of the Smoky movies have been a part of their life at some point in their life. It is positive and warm memories that still live in their hearts and they give back by helping the Society and its mission of book gifting.

Some years ago the Society purchased over 6,000 Will James books with the soul intention of gifting them out until they are all in the hands of avid readers everywhere! Children of all ages love the cowboy stories and excellent illustrations that jump off the pages of these timeless adventures. This is why at least four of James books have been made into movies, - "Smoky" being the most popular.

All members of the WJS receive the Society's official magazine Cowboys North and South that publishes twice a year. This magazine features Will James art, photos and stories by many wonderful knowledgeable contributors as well as a schedule of events promoted by the Society.

Anyone who would like to see a school in their area gifted books is welcome to fill out an application for that school. The books and shipping are free. Please go to www.willjames.org for more information and applications for gifting and membership.  READ MORE @ https://www.facebook.com/willjamessociety/

Sharon DeCarlo
Born in San Francisco California, and from the time she could walk and talk it was all about horses and cowboys! Sharon’s first years were spent in Sierra Valley, California and south west of there in Reno, Nevada. Her Mother’s family was Sierra Valley Swiss Italian dairymen and later cattle ranchers enjoying the “cowboy life. Later Sharon and her Mom would move to San Francisco right next door to the Cow Palace, where all the Hollywood cowboys and rodeo contenders would eventually perform their skills as horsemen or promote their movie’s.

If they looked like cowboys and rode horses they were her hero including real cowboys, rodeo cowboys and TV cowboys. Will James came into Sharon’s life when she was trying to learn to read. Struggling with dyslexia, a smart teacher told her Mother to find something she loved with pictures and read to her. Her Mother got out her old Will James cowboy and horse books which were beautifully illustrated and that did the trick.

Sharon has been a fan of Will James ever since and her passion is to know everything about him. For the past 34 years Sharon has been the editor of her own horsemen’s magazine Horse Tales Publication and editor of the Will James official quarterly Cowboys North and South. Will James books are the foundation of her love of reading, writing and profession. She now publishes both magazines from her home in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Sharon has been a board member of the Will James Society since 1997. All three of the movie’s Smoky the Cowhorse adapted from Will James book remains her favorite horse movies of all time. Sharon sincerely hopes that the Lone Pine Film Festival audience finds Will James contribution to the western world of entertainment and movie going as fascinating as she has for most of her life.

Tom Decker
Hello to all at The Lone Pine, Tom Decker checking in born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. I believe I was about 13 years old when my brother Don handed me a book and said read this. The book was Lone Cowboy, written and illustrated by Will James. I spent many hours at the Toledo library enjoying every Will James book available. I was hooked! Later in life I attended the first Will James gather in New Mexico and became one of the founding members.

I was very involved in The Spirit of the Cowboy, Will James Traveling Art Show in 1985 and many other activities thru out the years  attributed to Will James.
I have and am currently involved with collecting, trading and selling his art work and books. I was on the Board of Directors at the CM Russell Museum in great Falls, Montana for 15 years 1999-2011. It's still amazes me how a runaway range cowboy wrote and illustrated 24 books for  Scribners, the finest book house in America. Will stood strong along side with some of the greatest Earnest Hemingway, Thomas Wolf, Marjorie Rawlins to name a few. My opinion is, his black and white art is superior to any and equal to that of the great Charles Russel

Will James
WJ typwriterWill James (June 6, 1892 - September 3, 1942) was an artist and writer of the American West. He is known for writing Smoky the Cowhorse, for which he won the 1927 Newbery Medal. Born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, in 1892 in SaintNazaire-d'Acton, Quebec, Canada. James started drawing at the age of four on the kitchen floor. He was taught wrangling by local cowboys.

In his late teens, he traveled to the United States with a new name, William Roderick James. During the next several years, he drifted and worked at several jobs. A turning point in James early life came in 1914, when he was accused of rustling cattle in Ely, Nevada and sentenced to the Nevada State Prison at Carson City for a year to fifteen months. During his prison term, he turned to his art for solace, and after his release he became one of the best known Western writers and artists. Between 1920 and his death in 1942, he wrote and illustrated more than twenty books and numerous magazine articles

According to cowboy and folksinger Ian Tyson, James traveled to Hollywood to sell sketches and began working as a stuntman in western movies there. Soon he was in the U. S. Army, serving from 1918-1919. He was a horse wrangler for the First Annual Nevada Round-Up in Reno in July 1919. He met and married Alice Conradt, sister of Fred Condradt, his rodeo business partner, while in Reno, Nevada, in 1920. Note: Tyson wrote and recorded a compelling and moving song entitled simply "Will James "and it is one of his most requested songs when performing.

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He sold his first writing, Bucking Horse Riders, in 1922. The sale of several short stories and books followed, enabling him and his wife to buy a small ranch in Washoe Valley, Nevada, where he wrote his most famous book, Smoky the Cowhorse. It was published in 1926 and won the Newbery Medal for children's literature in 1927. Several film adaptations were made of the book, with James narrating the 1933 film. His fictionalized autobiography, Lone Cowboy, was written in 1930 and was a bestselling Book-of-theMonth Club selection. He wrote his last book, The American Cowboy, in 1942, shortly before his death and the last line he wrote was The cowboy will never die. In all, he wrote and illustrated 23 books, 5 of which were made into feature films.

James was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 1991, and into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1992, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth. James was indeed a cowboy and “was a popular and cheerful camp mate and a gifted story teller around the evening camp fires. His cronies affectionately called him ‘Windy Bill’ for his talkativeness and ability to spin a yarn.” He learned to paint in the tradition of Charles Russell, capturing the “real cowboy.”

James died of alcoholism in Hollywood, California, in 1942.




Museum Theater
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.

About Dennis; 

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.



THE DIVIDE: A film by Perry King, Jana Brown & Russ Rayburn

with Introduction by Sara Arrington
High School Auditorium
THURSDAY October 4th
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM 

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Set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976, The Divide chronicles the story of Sam Kincaid, an aging rancher with a failing memory, his estranged and independent-minded daughter, Sarah, and Luke, a young ranch hand who finds himself in the midst of a family in crisis. Internal struggles, the realities of an unforgiving landscape, and the need to reconcile a long-ago tragedy collide to create the backdrop for this classic American Western.

Written by Jana Brown with actor/director Perry King, The Divide was filmed by cinematographer, Russ Rayburn in El Dorado County, Calif., and features a score from the Emmy nominated, and Grammy winning duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. The film has been being screened the last few months at select film festivals garnering many awards and recognition. 


WorldFest-Houston Winner, Platinum Remi Award for Best Western
Albuquerque Film & Music Experience Winner, Best Feature Film
Arizona International Film Festival Winner, Best Dramatic Feature

TO SEE ALL AWARDS:  https://www.thedividemotionpicture.com/blog

TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ1Ls4yok8Y&feature=youtu.be


Actor/director Perry King has been a fixture in Hollywood for nearly 45 years. He is perhaps best known for his role in the 1980s television series Riptide, on which he played detective Cody Allen. He has appeared in dozens of films, television movies, TV shows, and plays, including The Day After Tomorrow, The Lords of Flatbush, and Slaughterhouse-Five. Perry was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in the TV movie The Hasty Heart. He’s been featured in recurring television roles on Melrose Place and Spin City.

It was Perry’s role in the 1998 made-for-TV movie The Cowboy and the Movie Star, which co-starred Sean Young, that inspired him to shift gears. Perry says he decided after shooting Cowboy that he wanted to be his character from the film – a rancher seeking solace in his livelihood and his land. Not long after filming the movie, Perry purchased a 500-acre cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada, splitting his time between the bustle of Los Angeles and the serenity of Northern California. He long dreamt of filming a Western on his own land. The ranch’s location in the heart of Gold Country, known locally as “the divide,” provided the ideal setting for such aspirations.



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