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Snow Capped Mountains, High Plateaus, and Cattle Ranches: The Film History of the Eastern Sierra

On Monday, September 4, film history of the Eastern Sierra will be presented by Christopher Langley at the Mono Basin Historical Society's monthly meeting at the Lee Vining Community Center.  The evening begins with a 6 PM potluck dinner and short business meeting, followed at 7 PM by Langley's presentation   Langley, the Eastern California Film Historian and Inyo County Film Commissioner, will use original still photos, theater lobby cards, posters and stories from actors and crew members on location in Mono County, to explore the long and diverse history of filming in the region's snowy mountains, plateaus and grassy valleys.  The story ranges from silent canine stars (Strongheart; Ranger), western heroes (Tom Mix; John Wayne), to science fiction (Star Trek; Indiana Jones), and even crime pictures (Humphrey Bogart; Robert Mitchum).  Langley says, “I am constantly reminded of how landscape shapes the lives of people who live there, just as the people who live there shape the landscapes. These powerful forces are reflected in the nearly 700 films that worked in Death Valley, Lone Pine and the Eastern Sierra.”

     The non-profit Mono Basin Historical Society meetings are free and all are welcome.  The Society operates the Mono Basin History Museum in Lee Vining and can be reached by phone at 760647-6461, email at and is online at