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ROUND - UP; LONE PINES FIRST MOVIE

PRESENTATION - SATURDAY Museum Theater 12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM
Discussion with Chris Langley & Don Kelsen re The Round-Up: includes screening of short segment from Movie

SATURDAY 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tour Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 1:30 PM

Considered The first motion picture produced in The Alabama Hills, this silent film is nearly 100 years old produced in 1920 staring ROSCO “FATTY” ARBUCKLE, his first dramatic/ feature film.  A recent 2018 release on DVD and BluRay make this terrific film available to Alabama Hills fans everywhere. THIS TOUR INVOLVES A HIKE to an area in the Alabama Hills like no other Lone Pine Film Festival tour. The Round up producers traveled far and wide, using locations in and around the town of Lone pine and the Alabama Hills, BUT this tour is focused on the final battle location only. It’s an adventure that can be TREACHEROUS as we walk to the massive final battle scene of this of this great, 70 minute silent film. Not knowing how this remote, Alabama Hills location was considered by this first time Paramount Pictures production crew is a wonderment. Join us, if you can and see for yourself the mystery of the location!

VISIT THE FINAL BATTLE SCENE LOCATION FROM THE ROUND-UP
Soon it will be 100 years that “The Round-Up” shot the final battle scene in a small canyon off of Tuttle Creek Road. It was only recently, that dapper Don Kelsen, primo location finder, discovered it. Imagine standing where Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle and Wallace Beery stood as the newly restored film concluded. We will park on the road and take a hike over to the very spot, so this tour is not for the faint of heart or unsteady afoot viewer. But what a treat it will be. Don will lead the tour and Chris Langley will be there to carry his camera. Oh, and there will be a few other sites to see on the way. (Incidentally, the new restored version is available in the museum store, and well worth the price.)

The tour is a Car Caravan and access to many of the movie locations are off-road and require walking over deep sand or rough terrain. It is imperative that one wear appropriate footwear, preferably hiking or trail shoes. 

Travel to the movie locations is over dirt roads; in some cases moderate rough terrain. Most cars will not have a problem with access. Low clearance vehicles are not recommended. Four-wheel drive cars are best. CAR CARAVAN TOUR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED “PER PERSON” NOT PER CAR. Persons not having a respective tour ticket will not be permitted on the tour.

CLICK HERE to READ Liability Waiver. Your purchase of a ticket designates that you have read and reviewed this waiver.

About Your Tour Guides:

Don Kelsen, has been attending and learning about the Alabama Hills, film locations since the first festival in 1990. Inspiration for pin pointing filming locales comes from Don’s association with Festival co-founder Dave Holland and their work together on Dave’s first video: “On Location in Lone Pine.”  

Chris Langley is a life-long educator, has lived in and studied the Mojave Desert for over forty years. Achieving his BA in English-History at Dartmouth College, He is the writer/historian part of a collaboration (along with Osceola Refetoff, fine art photographer) called “”High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain” and their work can be found at desertdispatches.com. 

Langley’s writing includes work appearing regularly in The Inyo Register, and KCET Artbound. Other publications include a history of Lone Pine, CA, a cultural history of Mount Whitney, and From Jayhawkers to Jawas: a Short History of Filming in Death Valley. Founder of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Langley’s environmental advocacy won commendations including a Nat’l Conservation Cooperation Award. He recently was named California’s Outdoor Writer of the Year, and nominated as a finalist in the Socal Journalism Awards sponsored by the L.A. Press Club in the category of activism journalism. He served as director of the Film Festival for four years, and interim executive Director of the museum. He is now secretary of the Museum Board.

FRONTIER DAYS

FRONTIER DAYS - Bill Cody in Lone Pine
SCREENING - HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - SATURDAY 7:30 AM
PLEASE NOTE: This is only screening . Those on Monday tour should consider attending.

The Saturday Tour is  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  SoldOut 50 x
Tour Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 9:00 AM

Easily two-fisted Bill Cody's finest effort -- he plays "The Pinto Kid" -- even the toughest-to-please of all trade papers, VARIETY loved it. An incredible achievement. FRONTIER DAYS was produced in 1934 as a humble raw-west programmer on Hollywood's rock-bottom Poverty Row. But some of us believe this fast-paced little thrill-fest made for "no money" to be the single definitive Lone Pine film of them all, for the simple reason it makes expert and full use of so much of what Lone Pine has to offer -- among other things, the rugged boulder terrain all across the Alabama Hills; the "Hoppy Cabin" (before any Hopalong Cassidy films had ever been made); and only because the unsung Bob Hill directed it (see the 2009 edition of LONE PINE IN THE MOVIES available at the Museum), scenes were shot in town! It is modest but obscure and wonderful time travel discoveries like FRONTIER DAYS that justify our festival and our museum, and make new converts for the B-Western film genre. See for yourself. 

The tour is a Car Caravan and access to many of the movie locations are off-road and require walking over deep sand or rough terrain. It is imperative that one wear appropriate footwear, preferably hiking or trail shoes. 

Travel to the movie locations is over dirt roads; in some cases moderate rough terrain. Most cars will not have a problem with access. Low clearance vehicles are not recommended. Four-wheel drive cars are best. CAR CARAVAN TOUR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED “PER PERSON” NOT PER CAR. Persons not having a respective tour ticket will not be permitted on the tour.

CLICK HERE to READ Liability Waiver. Your purchase of a ticket designates that you have read and reviewed this waiver.Tour Times:

Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tour Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 9:00 AM

Monday  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tour Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 9:00 AM
SCREENING - HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - SATURDAY 7:30
AM
PLEASE NOTE: Those on this tour should consider attending the Saturday screening.

About Your Tour Guide:

Don Kelsen, has been attending and learning about the Alabama Hills, film locations since the first festival in 1990. Inspiration for pin pointing filming locales comes from Don’s association with Festival co-founder Dave Holland and their work together on Dave’s first video: “On Location in Lone Pine.”

 

John Wayne's Film Locations

Tour_JohnWayneJohn Wayne Film Location Tour - From his earliest starring roles in Poverty Row westerns to his final 1978 Great Western Savings TV commercial, legendary John Wayne came to Lone Pine, one of his "favorite places of all time,"  according to his widow, Pilar. Join us on a tour that pays tribute to "The Duke." Visit the rocks and sagebrush of the Alabama Hills and walk where Wayne worked before the camera. Over a 45 year period, parts of thirteen features, "B" westerns, such as Westward Ho, Blue Steel, King Of The Pecos, Lawless Range; adventure films I Cover The War, The Three Godfathers and the big budget epic Tycoon were filmed on location in Lone Pine. You will actually tread the dust where outlaw bands were rounded up and where train tunnels were dug in the mighty Andes. You'll even see some actual artifacts remaining all these years later.As you travel through the ageless Alabama Hills, your guide, Mike Royer, will tell stories about "The Duke" and how he got the nickname, his early career and the boosts he got from Raoul Walsh and John Ford, show original production stills from scenes at the many sites and pepper the tour with reminiscences of his 40+ years love affair with the Alabama Hills. These are the same hills we heard an early John Wayne (The Singing Cowboy) strum a guitar and serenade ???, in Westward Ho.

Thirty-Six  years after his passing, John Wayne still remains in top ten poles...an outstanding achievement for a young man who began his days in Hollywood moving furniture and props. It's the marvelous Lone Pine Film Festival tribute tour to "The Duke'" John Wayne. Welcome aboard, Pilgrims!

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John Wayne'e Film Location Tour is a BUS Tour with tour guide, Mike Royer. Bus will leave and return from the Museum S. Parking lot. Tour itself is 2.5 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground – suggest wearing appropriate shoes. Bus accommodates 46 passengers.

Tour: Friday   12:00 PM – 2:00 PM   

Mike Royer

Drawn to Southern California, spring 1965, by the lure of a career in Comic Art, Mike spent his first 14 years in comic books, comic strips, and TV animation. He has inked many great pages including MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER and TARZAN, STAR WARS SPEED BUGGY, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KIDS, to name a few, but comic books fans remember his decade working with Jack Kirby as his letterer and inker.

Mike spent the next 14 years on staff with the Walt Disney Company in the creative department of their Consumer Product/Licensing division, addressing the areas of book publishing, comic books and strips, and all forms of theme park and licensed merchandise as a character artist/product designer, performing as idea man, concept and final line artist, and sometime inker.  He created the “new look” that launched the massive WINNIE THE POOH licensing program in late 1993..and spent the next 7+ years free-lancing for the Disney Stores.
Mike now lives in Oregon and continues to work freelance as an Art service doing pencil and ink work on a wide variety of projects. A long time Lone Pine Festival participant, Mike has a diverse knowledge of film making in the area and brings a passion for Western heritage to all his tours.

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