25th Lone Pine Film Festival.
This will be our first visit to the festival, which we've wanted to attend for a number of years. Now that our children are older, the time has finally come! As many film fans are aware, hundreds of movies were filmed in the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine.
I will have a media pass and plan to provide detailed coverage here upon my return. I will also be filing a report on the festival with the ClassicFlix site, and if all goes smoothly technologywise, I will be a guest on Alicia Mayer and Will McKinley's new weekend internet radio show, Hollywood Time Machine on L.A. Talk Radio. (Update: My participation on the show is now scheduled for October 18th, which will reduce the chances of a technical glitch connecting via cell phone.)
Some of the things on my tentative festival itinerary:
*A screening of Tim Holt's DYNAMITE PASS (1950), followed by a bus tour of the movie's locations
*A car caravan "Lone Pine Backlot Tour"
*A screening of GUNGA DIN (1939) with sound and special effects experts Ben Burtt (R2-D2!) and Craig Barron, who presented a similar talk on THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival
*A talk by William Wellman Jr., whose father filmed movies in the Alabama Hills including YELLOW SKY (1948)
*A tour of the Anchor Ranch, a site used in many Westerns
*A talk by Sandra Scott Tyler, daughter of Randolph Scott, following a screening of COMANCHE STATION (1960)
*An interview with Bruce Boxleitner at a screening of THE MACAHANS (1976), a TV-movie he filmed with James Arness and Eva Marie Saint
We also hope to say hello to Joel McCrea's grandson Wyatt, who we've been fortunate to meet on our visits to the McCrea Ranch, and I would love to have Roy Rogers' daughter Cheryl sign her book COWBOY PRINCESS, which has been on my shelf for a decade now.
Other guests expected in Lone Pine are Peggy Stewart, Johnny Crawford, Donna Martell, and the children of Clayton Moore, Richard Farnsworth, and William Witney, to name a few.
Stay tuned for a report here next week!
Photo posts from our summer trip to Lone Pine: Welcome to Lone Pine, A Visit to the Lone Pine Film History Museum, and Alabama Hills Movie Locations.
Update: All of my posts on the festival will be linked at the bottom of the post The 25th Lone Pine Film Festival in Review.