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"The Showdown" filmed at the Owens Dry Lake and Anchor Ranch

sestitito_brothers.jpgMay 31, 2003: A short film entitled THE SHOWDOWN filmed recently on the dry lake and at Anchor Ranch after several days of filming in San Bernadino.

The film was directed by brothers enrolled at film school at USC and features several professional actors and crew as well as students developing their resumes. Antony and Fulvio Sestito directed the film and John Mazzarella served as producer.

Clayton Norcross, a star from the daytime serial "The Bold and the Beautiful:, starred in the vehicle, a western with a challenging twist.

The western story involves a "retired" gunfighter putting on his guns to revenge the murder of his wife. The second story involves baseball players in a showdown on the playing field. The producer hopes to show the 13 minute film at the Lone Pine Film Festival this Fall.

Bill Viola, world renowned video artist, in Alabama Hills

bill viola scouting.jpgApril 12, 2003: There are two plasma screens mounted horizontally on the wall of an art museum in Germany. Each high definition video screen carries an image of snow-covered mountains, a jagged horizon of granite, snow and blue sky. In the fore ground stretches sagebrush, spiny cactus and brave spring flowers here and there. On each screen the viewer sees a dark pinpoint that over the next ten minutes grows larger until recognizable as a human figure walking across the brush towards the camera. One is male, the other female. The figures arrive in front of the camera filling the screen, their faces etched with emotion. Each turns abruptly and retraces his or her steps. Eventually, the figures are reduced to the same dark pinpoints and the screens fade to black. Then the screens fill with light again and the figures repeat their trek.

Bill Viola, the foremost video artist in the world for the last thirty years, has created another video installation. For the second time, he has used what is to us the familiar Sierra Nevada landscape and the inspiration of Chinese landscapes to do it.

viola filming.jpgThat is the concept and the filming has been done in Lone Pine over a five-day shoot with a crew of about 20. Bill's personal creative process will determine the final vision yet to be completed.Bill's name is not a household word yet, but it should be. He is on the cutting edge of the art world, exploring and defining the artistic mediums of the future. He has been recognized and feted across the world. Oddly, much of his art over the last twenty years has been in electronic media that have only had relative short lives. But that is part of the point of his art and choices of mediums; they pass before our eyes at the speed of light and are gone. However, ironically many of his pieces have employed a high resolution slow motion to allow the audience to see minutia and to ponder the meaning of his work.

The working title of the Lone Pine piece is "The Immortals." and comes out of the Taoist tradition. Bill's biography states "Since the early 1970's, Viola has used video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. Clearly at odds with the cynicism of his age, his works focus on universal human experiencees- birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness; and have roots in both eastern and western art, as well as islamic Sufism, Christian mysticism, and Zen Buddhism.

He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to expand its scope both in terms of technology, content and historical reach." Bill Viola has a large installation at the Getty Museum in L. A. through the end of April. We are honored to have had such a prestigious artist working here in Lone Pine.

Museum of Lone Pine Film History gifts continue to pour in

January12, 2003: The Museum recently received four wonderful gifts for its collection. Bob Slater of Lone Pine contributed two props from his personal collection. The first is a wooden pail that he saw fall off the back of a covered wagon during the filming of the famous wagon chase scene from HOW THE WEST WAS WON. He reports he came back several days; no one had retrieved the prop, and filming was completed, so he picked it up. A second prop, a handmade wooden child’s play chair from the film THUNDER IN THE SUN, starring Susan Hayward and Jeff Chandler, was also given to the Museum by Bob.


Research identifies 10 Lone Pine silent films

wild horse stampede.jpgApril 9, 2003: In the last nine months our film research has identified 10 silent films all of which shot scenes in and around Lone Pine. Most of them are Jack Hoxie films, thus verifying the suspicion we have had that Hoxie worked in Lone Pine a lot more than we knew. Here is the list and some photos from some of the films.

man wyoming.jpgHey!Hey! Cowboy 1927 Hoot Gibson

The Man From Wyoming 1924 Jack Hoxie

The Rambling Ranger 1927 Jack Hoxie

Wild Horse Stampede 1926 Jack Hoxie

The Red Warning 1923 Jack Hoxie

Riding Romance 1926 Al Hoxie

The Six Shootin Romance 1926 Jack Hoxie

The Sting of the Lash 1921 Pauline Frederick

Daring Chances 1924 Jack Hoxie


Contact Info

The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545