October 9 - 11, 2015
Dates: October 9 - 11, 2015.
Theme: Westerns - The Early Years. A tribute to the early Western stars of the silent and early talkie years and the historical, cultural, and social impact of their films during that period.
A few highlights:
As usual, the weekend begins on Thursday evening, October 8th, with a reception at the Museum. The cost is $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Details will be posted by June 15th.
Don Edwards will be our featured entertainer at a concert on Thursday evening, after the Museum reception, at approximately 7:00 PM in the Lone Pine High School auditorium. Tickets will be $35.00 per person, purchased in advance, or $40.00 at the door. Premium seating, the first five rows, is $45.00 per person. Tickets will go on sale June 15th.
Tom Mix will be featured this year with Mix's 1937 Cord on exhibit at the Museum for the weekend. There will be a Tom Mix tour featuring movie sites in the Alabama Hills and a panel discussion on his career and movies. Western historian Gary Brown will discuss Mix's last days, and Bob White, automobile collector and owner of Mix's 1937 Cord, will discuss the Cord's restoration and history.
Petrine Day Mitchum will be here to discuss her book on movie horses, Hollywood Hoofbeats: The Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television.
Diamond Farnsworth, stunt coordinator for the CBS series NCIS, will talk about how stunts were performed in the early days of film and the significant changes and challenges to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Bob Boze Bell, Publisher of True West Magazine, and gun collector Larry Floyd will exhibit and discuss "Guns and Gunfighters of the West." and Cowboy, Larry Maurice, will be here to MC the weekend.
Tours have not been finalized, but will be posted by early June. We traditionally have 10 - 12 tours for our guests to choose from each year.
The weekend will have three days of screenings including a rare opportunity to see The Round-Up, the first feature filmed in Lone Pine, starring Fatty Arbuckle. There will be panels on early stunts, Native Americans in film and more.
Team Roping will be featured at our Saturday Rodeo on the grounds behind the museum and, of course, we will have our Sunday "Cowboy Church" and our famous Sunday Main Street Parade.
Details will be posted as finalized, and all by mid-June.
P.S. For those interested, we will have vendor applications for both the community center and Lone Pine Park available also in June.
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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