LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL
A Silver Anniversary Celebration
Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West
In 1989, Dave Holland, an authority on the Lone Ranger and long-time fan of Cowboy movies, joined Kerry and Ray Powell, along with a group of Lone Pine business and community leaders, in a plan to pay tribute to the extensive Hollywood heritage of the Alabama Hills; and the actors, directors and producers who had been coming for years to make films in Lone Pine. Hollywood's long standing love affair with the unique landscape of the Eastern Sierra had brought an extensive list of talent including actors Tom Mix, John Wayne, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tim Holt, as well as directors John Ford, William Witney, William Wellman and Budd Boetticher.
The result, in 1990, was the first festival held in Lone Pine called the Sierra Film Festival, October 6 & 7. The festival was co-sponsored by Kerry and Ray Powell, The Inyo Council for the Arts, California Arts Council and The Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce.
The first page in the Film Festival Program Guide featured a proclamation acknowledging a debt of gratitude to Roy Rogers who dedicated the historical marker that was placed at Whitney Portal and Movie Road. The bronze plaque reads:
Movie Flats – Lone Pine
Since 1920, hundreds of films and TV episodes including Gunga Din, How the West Was Won, King of the Kyber Rifles, High Sierra, along with the Lone Ranger and Bonanza, with such stars as Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, Gene Autry, Glenn Ford, Humphrey Bogart, and John Wayne have filmed in these rugged Alabama Hills with the majestic Sierra Nevada background. Plaque dedicated by Roy Rogers, whose first starring role was filmed here in 1938.
Plaque placed by
E Clampus Vitus, Chap. 395
Date: October 7, 1990
Celebrities included, Roy Rogers, Terry Moore, Michael Gross, Richard Farnsworth, Rand Brooks, Eddie Dean, Linda Hayes, Pierce Lyden, Loren Janes, Jack Williams, William Witney, Irene Cuffe, and Yoe Yrigoyen.
Thank you to all the Lone Pine Heroes & Heroines, many who have moved on to Heavenly Trails.
Celebrity Attendees as of 10/27
Bruce Boxleitner - Actor
Ben Burtt - Academy Award® winner sound designer
Craig Barron - Academy Award® winner visual effects supervisor
Dean Smith - Stuntman/Author
Johnny Crawford - Worked with Clayton Moore
David Rothel - Author
Miles Swarthout - Author, adapted Novel; The Shootist, for film
Steve Wystrach - Restoring Death Valley Days
William Wellman Jr. - Son of William Wellman
Jay Dee Witney - Son of WIlliam Witney
Diamond Farnsworth - Stuntman
Ed Faulkner - Actor
Donna Martell - Actress
Dawn Moore - Daughter of Clayton Moore
Cheryl Rogers Barnett - Daughter of Dale Evans & Roy Rogers
Peggy Stewart - Actress
Loren Janes - Stuntman
Wyatt McCrea - Grandson of Joel McCrea
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The Lone Film History Museum of Film History is dedicated to preserving the diverse movie history of California's Eastern Sierras, including Lone Pine and points North and the Death Valley region. Located on Highway 395 on the south end of town, the museum’s 10,000 square feet of exhibits, an eighty-five seat movie theater and gift shop offer visitors a unique experience helping to document and interpret the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history through film programs, artifact preservation and exhibits.
However, the museum's largest exhibit is its “Back Lot” – The Alabama Hills, just to the west of town. Since the early 1920s, these rugged, rounded rock formations and meandering gullies have played a "starring role" as Hollywood’s Western backdrop for cowboy action thrillers featuring Hopalong Cassidy, Randolph Scott, Gene Autry, Tim Holt and Roy Rogers. William Shatner, Kevin Bacon and Robert Downey Jr. have all filmed in the shadow of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, in such films as Star Trek, Tremors, and Ironman.Come visit and enjoy a very unique film experience … and join us each Columbus Day weekend for our annual Lone Pine Film Festival honoring the heroes and heroines of the silver screen. Mingle with celebrity guests, visit the movie sites with the "back lot tours;" enjoy classic film screenings, a Saturday night concert featuring the best of America’s Western talent, a Sunday Cowboy Church service; and close the weekend with an old fashion “Main Street Parade" and Sunday evening's campfire roundup in the park.
All of this, on location in Lone Pine... “Where the Real West becomes the Reel West!”
The Lone Pine Museum is the fulfillment of the dreams of a number of people in the Lone Pine community with a passion to honor the heritage of western film making in the area. It is meant to celebrate the men and women, in-front of and behind the cameras, who brought over 700 films to the screen, capturing on film, the cinematic canvas of the Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains
The community’s ambitious plans were realized in 2006 with cooperation and support of the people of Lone Pine, the local business Community. and the generous financial support of Beverly and Jim Rogers of Intermountain West Communications Company. Upon completion of the facility, Mr. Rogers’s contributed many items from his personal collection for display, including cars, silver saddles, and other valuable film treasures. Also on exhibit are hats and guns from many western stars, there are costumes from The Shootist, and a coat that Errol Flynn wore in Kim. The Museum has continued to build its collections with donations from numerous individuals in the industry, as well as collectors and interested individuals who believe in the Museums mission to provide both a showplace for Western film artifacts and towards the long term objective to develop an accessible archive for print and visual media celebrating our Western film heritage. The Museum's extended 'Back Lot Tours' are presented with the cooperation and support of the California Bureau of Land Management.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
Unlimited free general admission is only one of the exclusive benefits offered to members and designed to enhance every visit. Also included are free movie screenings, Friends of the Festival benefits, discounts, Members-only previews of major exhibit openings, and more. Membership dues at all levels sustain the world-renowned Museum of Lone Pine Film History’s, collection and support a full calendar of special events.
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