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on ,ina. With Chuck Liddell The 'Film Festival' Of 1979" ~ movies made on Catalina, and the Carolyn Bostrom (Mrs. Bostrom Since becoming "Catalina's location of the festival; it wasn't would later marcy Malcolm Renton). Official Greeter" March 10, 2014, hard to decide that at least half of I was speaking to Mr. Rogers when when the Chamber of Commerce films would be those made on the a young man came over to me. assigned me to greet the cruise ships, Island and the others classics made "Chuck, wasn't I supposed to and cross channel carriers, I have from around the world. Among my participate in an event for you?" It answered 60,832 questions• Catalina favorites were "Typhoon," was Joseph Bottoms! He was nine "Down To The Sea Ih Ships," years late! Never appeared at the CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE "Captain's Courageous," "Thefilm festival! You might want to consider as an Pirate," and "Rain" Among the other Local newspapers had a hey- appropriate gift the three- films were such classics day with the event. "And Nobody hour PBS documentary, as "20,000 Leagues Came," was one glaring headline. "WEST OF THE WEST," Under The Sea," "Moby Referring to the ONLY ONES covering the history of Dick," "Sinbad The to show up and attend "Treasure the eight channel islands, Sailor," "Creature From Island," Friday, June 22, 10"30 a.m., with a very good seg- The Black Lagoon," were "A Man, His Son, And A ment on Catalina (includ- and "Then There Dog!" (We had to let the dog in ing yours truly), that is Were None" If THIS or the man. and his son couldn't only available in Avalon WASN'T ENOUGH, we come in). Joining in the feeding at the "Steamer Trunk" conducted a screenplay frenzy, "Budding Film Festival Gets and the DC-3 (Airport). If "Writers Conference," Shipwrecked On Catalina Island," you don't live on Catalina, Chuck Liddell "The Women In Film Chicago Tribune! • you can send me a check Columnist Symposium On TV AndTo say I lost my shirt is an under- for $23, P. O. Box 1533, Avalon, CA Film Today," world-famous silent statement! I had to rent the ENTIRE 90704 and I will send you a DVD. screen organist (he and organist Casino Building for nine days, paid Gaylord Carter shared a mutual a full-time staff, including projec- HOLIDAY DEPRESSION? hatred) Chauncey Haines accompa- tionist, Ford Harris, ticket "takers, I understand it as I usually go nied the silent Catalina film, "The food concessioners, etc. It took me into a "tail spin" from Halloween Black Pirate," "Cartoon Carnival" months to get rid of the t-shirts that to "New Year's!" I want to share a "Special Effects Presentation By I had made up and still have thou- secret that I have adopted this year Linwood G. Dunn," we broughtsands of the tickets, programs, and and it works. Don't be alone and "cloggers" in from Georgia to per- posters that I had commissioned and don't focus on yourself! Get out and form in the Casino (DON'T ASK produced solely for this event! start helping others that are desper- ME WHY), and we premiered Did anything GOOD come out ately" in need to whatever you can "Willy Nelson's Fourth Of July of all of this? REALIZING THAT do for them. Work in a food bank, Celebration" IF THIS WASN'T I HAD A DISASTER ON MY help out in a homeless shelter, serve ENOUGH, John Wayne, a much HANDS, I invited a few of my meals to the poor, help the elderly loved visitor to Catalina since he close friends to join me in the front with their many needs, etc. TRUST was a boy, was asked to be our. row center for the Monday, June ME, IT WORKS! Besides, hang in "Master Of Ceremonies" for the 18, 9 p.m., showing of the origi- there as there are only a few more "Casino's 50th Anniversary" nal 1933 "King Kong!" I wanted weeks to go, but we can all make He died on June 11 between us to be scared out of our minds, a BIG DIFFERENCE in others' these two Catalina celebrations. We WHICH WE WERE! Just like an lives while we are counting down added one of his favorite films, "The old "Saturday Matinee," we all the days! Quiet Man" (Ireland is an island, screamed liked little girls, drank Ioi both a RIGHT...), as tribute to this pop, aad threw popcorn at the FIRST AND LAST: THE great friend and to raise money for screen. I DO KNOW of one per- 'ANNUAL' CATALINA ISLAND cancer research, son who attended the showing on FILM FESTIVAL OF 1975 ' To advertise this event we Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. This is NOT to be mistaken for took out columns in among oth- "I remember seeing 'Jason And the highly successful "Catalina Film ers, "Variety," "Drama-Logue," The Argonauts' on the big screen. Festival" that Run Truppa has been "Hollywood Studio Magazine," "LA It was at the Avalon Theater on honoring us with for the last 6 years! Weekly," "Westways," "Los Angeles Catalina Island. It's one of those WHY would anyone want to putTimes" "Examiner," as well as Bill old theaters with beautiful murals on a film festival on Catalina Island? and I personally mailing out 1000's inside. It's designed like a weird I can't speak for Ron Truppa. I did of iarograms (remember, before PCs) seashell kind of thing. Seeing that mine, June .16-24, 1979, in con- to film departments and individuals ~ movie there, I remember that one nection with the Casino's "50th around the country! definitely hadan impact on me!" Anniversary," May 29, (September O.K., so for those many of He was blown away by the use 9, 16, 30, www.catalinaislandman, thousands of you who didn't attend of "claymatics" in this film and coN): (even the"friends" who had begged has often attributed this film and The underlining reason was to me to come up with a alternative to ultimately the "Catalina Island Film fight against a program that was the Chili Cook-Off but didn't even Festival" for launching his decision hardly up to Catalina's standards, attend one movie), let me explain to become the iconic movie writer, "Chili Cook-Offs" were the "BIG WHY this was the FIRST/LASTdirector, producer film maker that THING" in the '70s (so glad the ANNUAL EVENT! I should havehe is today. Give up? He's no other "Avalon Rotary" is bringing back known that we were DOOMED than Tim Burton! Not too shabby, its second family oriented and well from the start as one of our orga- huh? organized one on May 6, 2017), nizers had sex with a local young but unfortunately had gotten WAY lady in the lobby of the Casino BEST OF 2016 OUT OF CONTROL. Alcohol Theatre the night before the festival As I did last year, I want to repast had become the main component started! We showed our most prom- the column/s that had the greatest of the event and even female mud ising film "Mutiny On The Bounty," response. The four are: "I Want The wrestling had been brought in. If Sunday, June 24, 9 p.m., with only Mermaid," Feb. 6, telling the story this wasn't bad enough, drugs and 80 patrons showing up, because the of the art director for the Casino, sexual acts had shown their ugly same movie was going to be shown John Garbriel Beckman; "You Must faces. Locals had been complain- on television the next day! Who Let Other Know How Much They ing that these events had no place cares about the fact that our "uned- Are Loved," March 4, the effect of on Catalina, especially with chil- ited" movie was going to be on the my brother's suicide, "I Am The dren -being exposed to them. I had giant screen, in a beautiful theatre, Greatest," June 17, the evening I a company called "Catalina Island WITHOUT COMMERCIALS. The spent with Muhammad All, and "50 Odyssey," 215 Catalina, that put on $4 ticket price was explained as Bottles With Notes In The Sea," special events and so I was being the reason for not attending!. The Aug. 5, 19, 26, Sept. 2, my history solicited to come up with some movie, "The Dove," was shown on of throwing messaged bottles into kind of family-oriented alternative. Thursday, June 21, 10:30 a.m., and the ocean, culminating in America's THAT is how Bill Bushing, mywe had invited the cast, including "200th Anniversary" If you want to Vice-President, and myself came up the star, Joseph Bottoms to attend refresh your memory, www.catali- with the idea of the film festival, and they graciously agreed. Their Let me know The format was quite simple, appearance was advertised! In May, your favorite/s, rating from 1 (best) The movies would ALL be con-1988, at a reception for Charles to4 (least). nected with "Islands" There were "Buddy Rogers" and Gaylord in lfyou want to contact medirect- going to 45 movies, shown over the celebration of the Museum's first ly, and I would .APPRECIATE 9 days (10:30 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., "Silent Movie" concert, "Wings" It HEARING FROM YOU, email, 9 p.m., and llpm). With over 600 was held at the home of Milton and rea estate CA BRE Ucense~13934874 Decemberl6, 2016' [] Bahia Vista C-53 1 BD, 1 BA, 797 SF +/- End Unit. 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