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Lone Pine Announces theme for 2024 Film Festival (October 10th -13th, 2024

This year’s theme – The Thrill of it ALL!  – captures the experience of film making for many Lone Pine and Alabama Hills fans. For over 30 years, the guided, “On Location” movie site tours, have been, and continue to be one of the most exciting options for those attending the annual Film Festival taking our audience to the actual locations where their favorite westerns were filmed.
In addition, filmmakers and movie stars join us for screenings, panels and discussions telling us tales from the set and what it was like to be in the room working with iconic legends.  The events are complemented by a host of expert guest historians and authors who share stories, many from books they have  written, about how and why these films were made.  Many times, these cinematic war stories are often as thrilling as the movies themselves.
In 1939, William S. Hart, the great pioneer cowboy silent film star, upon his re-release his classic 1925 Western “Tumbleweeds” with added music, sound effects and an emotional prologue “Goodbye” to filmmaking said… “My friends, I love the art of making motion pictures. It is as the breath of life to me…. The rush of the wind that cuts your face, the pounding hoofs of the pursuing posse, out there in front a fallen tree trunk that spans a yawning canyon, the old animal under you that takes it in the same low ground-eating gallop, the harmless shots of the baffled ones that remain behind, and then, the clouds of dust, through which come the faint voice of the director (cupping hand to mouth) ‘Okay, Bill, okay, glad you made it, great stuff,….  Bill, great stuff, and say, Bill, give ol’ Fritz a pat on the nose for me, will ya?’ Oh, The thrill of it all.  (To read the entire quote – click here.)

Lone Pine – Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West

With over 400 films shot in Lone Pine, you can watch a film and then tour the locations where it was filmed.

Add horseback riding, great restaurants, an arts and crafts fair, a main street parade, and scenery that is so beautiful it will take your breath away – we are a fantastic place to visit in the fall.

THE WEBSITE INFORMATION BELOW AND THROUGH THE TOP MENUS REPRESENT THE 2023 FILM FESTIVAL.
(INFORMATION FOR THE 2024 FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE POSTED IN JUNE of 2024)
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Lone Pine is a quick get-away from Los Angeles
and honestly, there is no place like it.

This year’s theme –  When Cowboys Were King

Inevitable, violent and often highly romanticized, the Hollywood Western belongs to one of the most recognizable genres in American cinema. This year’s film festival will touch upon the early silents; explore the B-grade Westerns of the early 1930s to the early 1950’s, low-budget “oaters” as they were called; and expand upon the 1940’s to 1960’s, sometimes called the “Golden Age of the Western”. A period, epitomized by the work of several prominent directors including Robert Aldrich, Budd Boetticher, Delmer Daves, John Ford, and others. By 1959, westerns became so popular that they dominated other prime time TV series with over 100 western series that aired on the networks. The later part of the 20th century westerns were deemed, “Contemporary Westerns.”

Guaranteed to bring back a flood of memories, this year’s film festival will celebrate the great legacy of western film through screenings, presentations and “on-location” tours.

As details on the festival are finalized, please refer back to this website for specifics on celebrity guests, presentations, screenings, tours, and most importantly – ticket information.

Looking forward to seeing you in October

Melody Holland Ogburn
Film Festival Director (2023)

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