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Monday, July 22, 2019


Movie Site Tours

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!

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.

Movie Site Tours

  • FRONTIER DAYS FRONTIER DAYS - Bill Cody in Lone PineSCREENING - HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - SATURDAY 7:30 AMPLEASE NOTE: This is only screening . Those on Read More
  • ROUND - UP; LONE PINES FIRST MOVIE PRESENTATION - SATURDAY Museum Theater 12:00 NOON - 1:00 PMDiscussion with Chris Langley & Don Kelsen re The Round-Up: includes screening of Read More
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