Charlie LeSueur

Charlie LeSueur

Get ready to see the Old West in a whole new way.

“The Wild Bunch” will hold Indie western genre film screenings at the Willcox Historic Theater, 134 N. Railroad Ave.,  from 10 a.m., to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The film festival's creative co-directors are Rock and Brenda-Marie Whitehead, of Harrah, Okla.

Celebrities scheduled to appear include Wild Bunch emcee, actor, and Arizona film historian Charlie LeSueur; television actors Don Collier, from “The High Chaparral," Tammy Locke, from “The Monroes,” and (Friday and Saturday only) Allison Balson, from "Little House on the Prairie," as well as Rodney Allen Rippy, who played a young “Sheriff Bart” in the 1974 satirical Western movie, “Blazing Saddles.” 

On Sunday, Oct. 22, there will be screenings all day at the Theater, beginning at 10 a.m. LeSueur, Collier, Locke, and Rippy are all scheduled to be there.

The red carpet event will begin at 6 p.m., with a screening of the 1968 movie “The Shakiest Gun in the West,” starring Don Knotts.

The festival's keynote speaker, Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, will give a speech entitled, “Growing up with Don and tall tales from his Western movie days,” followed by a short question and answer session with the audience.

The indie film festival award show will follow.

The festival's “after party” will be held from 10:30 p.m., to 12:30 a.m., at the Cattlerest Saloon.

The party is free to attend and late night food and drink will be available for purchase.

“See you there,” Rock Whitehead said.

For further information on the upcoming festival, visit the official website at http://www.thewildbunchfilmfestival.com.

Tickets and passes are available online, and may also be purchased at the event, unless it is already sold out, Whitehead said.

Volunteers are needed and may contact the festival at thewildbunchfilmfestival@gmail.com for details.

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