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Gray Warriner - Ghost Towns of the Wild West - film

Program Date: October 11, 2017

Gray Warriner

From the forgotten mining camps at the edge of alpine lakes to the heights of the San Juan Mountains, Warriner’s film offers viewers an up-close look at the real west – as it was more than a century ago and as it is now. With the use of archival photographs, viewers travel back to the late 1800s and then watch the view dissolve, flawlessly, to the same scenes today.

“The search for gold has shaped the west, leaving behind a legacy of riches and abandoned dreams,” Warriner noted.

Part adventure film and part history lesson, “Ghost Towns of the Wild West,” brings that legacy to life during stops in California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Footage of panoramic landscapes and frontier towns converges with true tales of the old West that prove to be even wilder than the popular fictional accounts which they inspired.

For the past 20 years, Warriner has headed Camera One, a Seattle-based production company that specializes in educational and adventure/travel films. He has created films for many of the National Park System’s visitor centers. In addition to working as a professional filmmaker, Warriner was also an instructor of cinematography at the University of Washington. He has presented his films at the College Endowment Association several times and we welcome him back.