Conejo Valley Film Festival III
Little Big Man, Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 7 pm at Richter Hall in the Ahmanson Science Center at CLU
Prior to the movie, see a special short video on the history of Ray “Crash” Corrigan, movie actor from the 30s-50s, and Corriganville, a former movie ranch in Simi Valley
Discussion by son Tom Corrigan
Crash Corrigan owned and operated "Corriganville", a ranch and town used for filming TV and movie westerns in Simi Valley, California. On weekends, it was open to the public. Kids could see stuntmen in wild-west gunfights, and meet stars like Rin Tin Tin and Chief Thundercloud.
Hosted by the CLU Multimedia Program and the City of Thousand Oaks
A special series of two films will also be presented, free to the public on Sunday, November 16th at the Thousand Oaks Public Library.
Saturday, November 15th
Richter Hall in the Ahmanson Science Center
Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century. The film is largely concerned with contrasting the lives of American pioneers and Native Americans throughout the progression of the boy's life.
The movie stars Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey and Richard Mulligan. It is considered a revisionist Western, with Native Americans receiving a more sympathetic treatment and the United States Cavalry depicted as villains.
Despite its satirical approach, the film has tragic elements and a clear social conscience about prejudice and injustice. Little Big Man is considered an example of anti-establishment films of the period, protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War by portraying the U.S. military negatively.
Sunday, November 16th
Thousand Oaks Library
- 1:00pm Family - "Davy Crockett" is a 1955 live-action Walt Disney adventure film starring Fess Parker as Davy Crockett. This film is an edited compilation of the first three stories from the Disney television series Davy Crockett
- 3pm Family - "Old Yeller" is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas. It is based upon the 1956 Newbery Honor-winning book of the same name by Fred Gipson.
Other movies that were shot in and around the Conejo Valley:
The Three Musketeers, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Lone Ranger, How the West Was Won, The Last of the Mohicans, All Quiet on the Western Front, Spartacus, Gunga Din, Sands of Iwo Jima, Lassie Come Home, Tarzan, Dr Doolitle, Bonnie and Clyde, The Grapes of Wrath, Wuthering Heights, It happened One Night – Stagecoach, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, American Pie, Sleepless in Seattle, Sleeper, Friday Night Lights