Please note: Celebrity/Guest appearances are subject to change or cancel without notice.
Charlie has had a very busy 26 years as a noted western film historian and “Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian.” As one of the most sought after celebrity Q & A moderators, he led panels at the popular “Festival of the West” in Scottsdale, from 1992 until its closing in 2013.
Since then he’s moderated panels all over the U.S.A. including: California fests in Los Angeles, Grass Valley, Victorville, and Palm Springs. For Arizona festivals, he’s conducted dozens of Q & A sessions in Phoenix, Willcox, Apache Junction and Tucson. In Texas, he was the official moderator for “The Spirit of the Cowboy at McKinney Square,” and is currently the official moderator for the “Cowboy Way, MayFest” in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
As an Encore Fellow at the Smithsonian endorsed “Western Spirit, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West,” Charlie gives monthly presentations on western film, as well as classes on the western genre at Central Arizona College.
In January, 2014, he was recognized for his work at Apacheland Movie Ranch by having his bootprints placed on The Apacheland Alumni Wall at the Superstition Mountain Museum, with other honorees including Dale Robertson, Richard Boone, Rory Calhoun, Patsy Montana, Jock Mahoney, Johnny Western, Neil Summers and Ronald Reagan.
Currently, he’s in production for his Amazon Prime/YouTube show, “Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains,” focusing on the many stories associated with this mysterious mountain range.
He’s appeared as a guest on television shows such as, “The Joey Canyon Show” on the RFD Network in Nashville, and several episodes of “Crossroads Live” in Texas and Oklahoma. Hosting duties included the yearly “The High Chaparral Reunion” live webcasts from Tucson.
When not on the road for festival and convention duties, Charlie continues to act in films like, “The High Riders,” “Lucifer Complex,” “Good-bye, Franklin High,” “Serial Blondes,” “C-Bar, the Movie,” and “Wanted,”
As a writer and radio personality, Charlie has four published books on western film and a monthly column for Arizona Real Country Magazine, and is currently under contract with KSWG – 96.3 fm for weekly discussions on westerns.
Charlie is honored to be asked back by Rock and Brenda Whitehead for his 3rd year as M.C. of The Wild Bunch Film Festival.
PLease note: All guest are subject to availability. Absolutely no refunds of any kind.
SHAWN MICHAEL PERRY
We're excited to announce that Shawn Michael Perry is our film festival's ambassador for 2019! He'll be performing at the fair, carnival & carshow at Keiller Park on Saturday at 11am & singing the National Anthem at the Rodeo (801 N. Quail Dr) on Sunday. You'll see him at various events during the weekend, and at the film festival's big award show on Sunday evening at The Willcox Theater! Click on his photo to find out more about him!
Don't miss Rex Allen JR's FREE concert on Saturday, Oct 5th at 2:00pm! Next to the Willcox Theater and The Rex Allen Museum. Bring a lawn chair!
Bobbi Jeen Olson is a professional model and actress. However, she started off as a cowgirl. Growing up in the ranching way of life and following the team roping circuit enabled her to have a diverse upbringing. After becoming a rodeo queen in her home state of New Mexico, she was discovered by a talent agent.
This trail led to the Western movie and fashion industry. Bobbi Jeen has appeared on the cover of numerous magazine publications, been the subject of high-fashion photo shoots, runway shows and appeared on-screen in both television and film. She has even done horseback movie stunts for several famous actresses. She is the 2017 Mrs. US Ambassador for She’s Gone Country.
Bobbi Jeen is intricately involved in her community, not only locally, but the Western community, which knows no borders. She loves to keep our Western heritage alive to pass on to the next generation. On any given day you may find her working with horses, teaching youngsters the cowboy way, or see her portraying it in print and film. Her passion is working on positive, family oriented, projects which help promote our Western heritage.
Her home is now Stanfield, Arizona on a part of John Wayne’s old Red River Ranch. She is also a working partner, along with her husband Jim, son Rowdy and mother Betty, in Western Trading Post, a business which deals in Cowboy and Native American Indian collectibles. In many circles, Bobbi Jeen is known simply as “The Arizona Cowgirl.”
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Garner Simmons is a graduate of Colgate University (English/Fine Arts) and Northwestern University’s Graduate School of Communication. He has worked in both Television and Motion Pictures as a writer, producer and director.
A published author, his biography on the late filmmaker Sam Peckinpah (PECKINPAH: A Portrait in Montage, University of Texas Press, 1982, Revised Ed. Amadeus/Limelight Editions, NY 1998) is still in print.