Tag: Big Bear Film Society

Hollywood Loves Big Bear

  Big Bear, CA, February 22, 2014 – In July of 1911, a movie company from back east arrived at the new Pine Knot Lodge in Big Bear and began filming. That began a love affair between Hollywood and Big Bear that still continues. At about the same time, tourism started taking off in the valley, but only in the summer. During the winter, Big Bear sat empty. However, an enterprising local named Fred Skinner who was the manager of the new Pine Knot Lodge, let Hollywood know that the Lodge would remain open during the winter if the studios wanted to come up and film. He even brought in a generator, giving Pine Knot Lodge electricity five years before it reached the valley. Until the ski resorts came along, it was the movie business that kept Big Bear alive during the winter months. ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ was filmed on location here in 1920 as well as other films such as the 1969 musical ‘Paint Your Wagon’ starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, Disney’s ‘Old Yeller’, and the 1983 film ‘War Games’ with Matthew Broderick. The television industry also found Big Bear. In 1969, the show ‘HR Pufnstuf’ shot their opening sequence right on the lake. Episodes of ‘Daniel Boone’ were shot here and a number of ‘Bonanza’ episodes were shot up at Cedar Lake. ‘Lassie’, ‘FBI’,...

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Film Society Begins with Solitary

Big Bear, Ca March 25, 2011 5:00 pm – The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival involves at least 90 volunteers from the Big Bear community each year.  For four days in September, the Festival invites filmmakers and guests from around the world to screenings, parties, and educational events supporting independent filmmaking.  So many are involved, the organizers often don’t have a chance to see the films.  Now the Festival, in its 12th year, will offer the Big Bear Film Society, an opportunity for residents and visitors in Big Bear to see an award winning film and talk with the filmmaker one Saturday evening each month prior to the Festival.  The Film Society’s first screening will be Saturday evening, March 26, 7:00 pm at the Best Western Big Bear Chateau on Moonridge Road.  The movie to be screened will be the mystery/thriller “Solitary” with writer and director Greg Derochie discussing his film.  The Film Society is an opportunity to see a great movie, in an intimate and relaxed environment, with other supporters and fans of independent filmmaking. For tickets and more information, go to the festival website at bigbearfilmfestival.com and click the link for the Film Society. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30565.mp3|titles=Big Bear Film Society Screens...

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