October 5, 2001 |
"Hi-yo Silver, away!" Those famous words still echo through the canyon where the masked man and his sidekick, Tonto, rode through the nearby Alabama Hills ridding the West of bad guys. The Alabama Hills, in the shadow of lofty Mt. Whitney, have been used since 1920 as a location in hundreds of films--and not just for Westerns. Films requiring a foreign country's rocky, desert landscape--think Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, parts of the Middle East, Mexico and South America--have been shot there.
April 8, 2001 |
Trying to recapture its glory days as a premier shooting venue for Hollywood films, this desolate Owens Valley town is launching a drive to persuade a new generation of filmmakers and location scouts to head its way. With a fledgling film commission and a recent marketing trip to a locations expo in Los Angeles, the community hopes to boost its profile and reap income for the economically depressed area.
October 22, 1995 |
Ask not what the world can do for you, says the self-sufficient Lone Pine Film Festival, show everyone what you've done for the world. While the standard festival looks outward, offering itself as a place where movies from everywhere can find a home, the folks here turn that formula on its head, inviting visitors to celebrate what this tiny Eastern Sierra town three hours from Los Angeles has contributed to the universe of film.
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October 1, 1995 |
A mother lode of movie history glimmers in the rocky hills just off the highway that leads hikers to Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States. A few minutes drive from the intersection where Whitney Portal Road meets State Highway 395, movie buffs can find the mountain divide where almost everyone from John Wayne to the Lone Ranger used to head 'em off at the pass. Such movie heritage is celebrated at the annual Lone Pine Film Festival, which begins Friday and runs through the weekend in this High Sierra town about 180 miles north of Los Angeles.
April 14, 1994 |
Almost at the dawn of Hollywood movie making, this little Eastern Sierra town became a favorite outpost for location filming. It offered scenery ranging from Sierra peaks to sand dunes and was used in hundreds of feature films, serials and B movies, most of them Westerns. Movie cowboys from Tom Mix and Hoot Gibson to Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy chased innumerable bad guys in the hills around Lone Pine.