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We all know the expression – “it takes a village” to accomplish events. Well,  it takes a “Herd” of dedicated and passionate volunteers to put together the Annual Film Festival.  And, while there are many behind the scenes characters at work to make your weekend enjoyable – I present below a list of our Lone Pine movie tour guides who have researched frames of films and archival scripts and stories to prepare this years “On Location” tours.   A BIG THANK YOU to  ALL.

Richard W. Bann-  Tour Guide, Author, Film Historian
Richard is a film historian and author of books on Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, W.C. Fields, Hal Roach, and John Wayne. He’s also a regular essayist for Lone Pine at the Movies, and a major source for 16mm prints for the Film Festival the last 20 years. Bann started his career as a CPA, testifying on behalf of William Boyd Enterprises; was vice president of Blackhawk Films, and served as consultant to CMG Worldwide agency, which represents the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, James Dean, Jackie Robinson, and others. Bann is a library consultant to European film and TV company Kirch Media GmbH, responsible for restoring and preserving the Hal Roach Studios 35mm nitrate film collection.

 

 

Warren Davey & Ross Schnioffsky – – Tour Guides
The call of the Alabama Hills has lured Warren and Ross back to Lone Pine. They have been rootin’-tootin’, but very little shootin’ lounge chair cowboys since Walt Disney dusted off Davy Crockett’s old coonskin cap. Ross and Warren live just west of Lone Pine in the little frontier town of Melbourne, Australia. TV westerns arrived in Australia in 1956 and they have loved them ever since. Despite spending most of their working life in all forms of education from elementary schools to universities, Warren and Ross have held on to their sanity, barely! Ross, who loves making little docos on cinema history, was a research librarian at La Trobe University, Melbourne and Warren, who loves reading about all things western, is a retired elementary school librarian and both happily maintain disorganized lives. Ross and Warren will deliver a presentation on Errol Flynn followed by an updated location tour.
Mike Del Gaudio – Tour Guide
Mike grew up in Huntington on Long Island and enjoyed watching old westerns on TV with his Dad and brother John. He has been traveling out west to California to attend the Lone Pine Film Festival since 1995. He has been searching out and visiting filming locations ever since. For the past several years Mike has been helping the Film Festival by volunteering as a tour guide. He still lives in Huntington, NY and is now retired.

 

 

 

Douglas Grieve – Tour Guide
Douglas has been a western film enthusiast for most of his life and has spent the past decade visiting the great western locations, from Monument Valley, Moab, Kanab, and Sedona to the great movie ranches of Old Tucson, Iverson Ranch, and Corriganville.  Whenever possible Douglas has enjoyed these magnificent locations on horseback and has found the Alabama Hills and surrounding areas offer the film fan one of the best opportunities to visit the great filming locations of yesteryear.”

 

 

 

 

Don Kelsen – Tour Guide, Photographer
Don has been attending and learning about Alabama Hills film locations since our first Festival in 1990. Inspiration for pinpointing filming locations comes from Kelsen’s association with Festival co-founder Dave Holland and their work together on Dave’s first video, ON LOCATION IN LONE PINE.

 

 

 

Thomas Kelsey – Tour Guide, Photojournalist
Thomas Kelsey’s connection to the Eastern Sierra runs deep as he has skied, fished, hiked and photographed the area since the 1970’s. During his career, he has worked as a staff photographer at nine different newspapers including 12 years at the Los Angeles Times. He grew up in California’s Central coast and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA with a degree in Journalism in 1977. In 1981, Kelsey was chosen to attend the Ansel Adams Workshop. It was Adams’ last workshop in his beloved Yosemite Valley. Spending time with Ansel Adams in the Sierra Nevada sparked a passion into Kelsey’s photography that he has to this day. He has published two books, The Spirit of the West, a 30 year project focused on landscape & wildlife photography in the Western United States and 75 Years Later-Warbirds, Airman & Veterans of World War II, a tribute that honors the Greatest Generation in 2020.
DENNIS R. LIFF  – Tour Guide
Dennis is a film historian whose primary focus is on movie and TV filming locations. A retired writer and journalist based in the historic movie town of Chatsworth, Calif., he has spent the past 16 years studying locations throughout the American West. He continues to run the Iverson Movie Ranch Blog, while his research extends to Lone Pine and the Eastern Sierra, along with filming locations in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and other states.

 

 

 

 

Larry Maurice – Tour Guide, Cowboy Poet, and Festival Host
Larry has spent the last 36 years as a cowboy, horse wrangler and packer in the Eastern Sierra and the high deserts of Nevada. You’re likely to find him on a horse when he is not performing his brand of Cowboy Poetry. He received the Lifetime Achievement in Cowboy Poetry Award from the National Cowboy Symposium, and the Academy of Western Artists’ coveted Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Cowboy Poet of the Year. Maurice has been a Lone Pine regular since the Festival’s beginning in 1990. Check out Larry’s website @www.larrymaurice.com

 

 

 

Greg Parker- Tour Coordinator, Tour Guide
Greg has been a dedicated Lone Pine filming location hunter since 1999 upon meeting festival committee member, Ray Powell. To date he has found over 2500 scene locations from over 180 movies and television shows in the Alabama Hills and around Lone Pine. Greg is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and has lived in Reno, NV since 1978. With an appreciation of pioneering filmmaking he is an avid silent movie buff whose personal collection includes films dating back to 1903’s The Great Train Robbery featuring “Bronco Billy” Anderson. Greg is a retired private investigator and now serves on the Lone Pine Film Festival Committee while continuing to design new location tours for future festivals.
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