Western films transport their audiences to another time and place: rocky ranches, wide open deserts, and a small-town mystique. However, it's rare for fans to have the opportunity to quite literally immerse themselves in these cinematic landscapes till now. This weekend, the International Film Festival, which is scheduled to premiere, is doing just that. It's surprising that the event did not start sooner.
Pioneertown was constructed in the 1940s just outside of Joshua Tree by respected Western actor and musician Roy Rogers. The purpose was to create a sound scene in a Western town that included westerns such as Tell Them Willie Boy, as well as films like Annie Oakley and The Gene Autry Show). The film's founder, filmmaker, was impressed with the cinephile's haven long before its resurgence as a getaway destination for Los Angeles entertainment enthusiasts.
Pinder is a filmmaker, writer, and producer with decades of experience in filming, while also discovering the haunt's unique name on the map. "I ended up driving out there just based on a few words on the map, then I just fell in love, and ended up moving up to a ranch up the mountain with [my] horses." So, what the festival's significance implys, he writes, is his contribution to the film's evolution.
Dave Miller is the founder of Friends of Pioneertown, a nonprofit organization that operates in Pioneertown, where the area is so small, but Miller has been lovingly christened the unofficial mayor of Pioneertown by his peers. I denied that completely, but that seems to have been the foundation I have ever earned. Miller says of the festival, which he has always been a "100 percent supportive," and says that "what we've done is ensure that the buildings in the area are going to be built, so that the
Conceptualizing and organizing a brand new film festival is no small task, but unlike what Pinder had done before. At first, he was skeptical if his idea for a Western-focused festival was feasible.
He recruited Todd Luoto, formerly of the Sundance shorts, and the Newport Beach and Silver Lake film festivals, to perform on his programme. Initially, Pinder and Luoto discussed what "Western" meant to them as a genre of film. We still wanted to keep it somewhat contemporary, Luoto said, adding, adding, I think Julian is a little more like a real cowboy.
Luoto emphasizes that in the selection process, the festival made a commitment to both acknowledge and work against the genre's often difficult boundaries. "We both wanted to make a modern festival that generally addresses these issues head on, as far as some of the more complex aspects that unfortunately involve the Western genre," he adds. The first night film, The Last Manhunt, is "from an indigenous filmmaker and perspective," Luoto says. It tells the tragic truth of the ancient west's last massive organized manhunt,
The Inglorious Serfs, directed by Pinder, is included in other lineup highlights: "Pasinder is a fan of Daniel Jarmusch's [Jim Jarmusch's] film, which he said is a "tarantino-esque." Perfilyev and his narrator are traveling out to Pioneertown to see the film on the big screen. De asemenea, "Adam Piron, who is the new director of the Sundance Institute, is also
The Taking, directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, "all about Monument Valley, the stretch of desert near the Arizona-Utah border, used for filming Westerns," and what she sees in the movie, including Westerns, folklore, mythology, and others. "Nightly every film we have playing, even the classics, there's someone coming out who's been part of it," Pinder says. "Nightly every film we have playing, including all the films, is
Ultimately, the Pioneertown organizing organization are most eager to pay tribute to the town and genre's history while paving the way forward in terms of how a Western is defined. "It's nice that we have indigenous voices that are included in our process, and we should be comfortable with those who are there for longer periods, according to Luoto. "It's really great that we have some women filmmakers throughout the program," Miller tells reporters. "I'm happy that the festival will continue to focus on what