Co presented by Woodstock In The City and Indiepix.net
Welcome to Pioneertown, California—a dusty outpost perched on the edge of the Mojave Desert in the shadow of Los Angeles. Built in 1946 by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, the town would go on to serve as the backdrop for some of Hollywood's last B-Westerns and television serials, including The Cisco Kid, Buffalo Bill Jr. and Gene Autry's final film, The Last of the Pony Riders. The town's time in the spotlight would be short lived, however, and by the mid-1950s, Pioneertown sat forgotten and decaying in the desert sun. A virtual ghost town, Pioneertown became a hangout for motorcycle gangs, dope dealers and desert rats. A few of the hearty drifters stayed on and moved into the decaying Old West storefronts, creating a surreal 21st-century version of Hollywood's 1950s version of the Wild West: real cowboys, outlaws and desert drifters surviving in the crumbling film sets of near forgotten B-Western movies. The Last Western chronicles the bygone era of the B-Western and the colorful citizens of Pioneertown who thrive on the town's Wild West past and celebrate the remarkable freedom afforded by living life outside the lines in Hollywood's version of America's last, great Western town.
Q&A with filmmaker Chris Deaux. A reception hosted by Indiepix.net follows the screening.
$15 for tickets
Official Website: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/yearroundevents.htm#lastwestern
Added by dandig on July 17, 2006