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Part II: Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society to host the Milotte Wildlife Film Festival

GBLHS will host a FREE wildlife film festival showing Academy Award films from Bonney Lake residents Alfred & Elma Milotte.

MWLFF – a wildlife film festival is coming soon!

MWLFF is not a film festival in the true sense of the word: The Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society (GBLHS) has a program that will feature three award winning Disney wildlife films photographed by Alfred and Elma Milotte, Seal Island, Bear Country and Beaver Valley. All three movies are from the late 1940’s and 1950's and were the start of Disney’s True Life Adventure Series. It's going to be a lot of fun for the whole family and it's FREE! GBLHS hopes this year’s festival is the start of an annual film festival event right here in Bonney Lake, focusing exclusively on wildlife films that are created, produced and developed by artists from around the world.

Who are the Milottes and why is the festival starting with them? Alfred and Elma Milotte purchased land on Elhi Hill in either 1958, or 1959 and started building what would become their “Island in the Sky” in 1959. Their 4000 square foot studio/house was situated to take advantage of the views of Mount Rainier to the east, the valley, Tacoma, and the Olympics to the west. Even with these fantastic views, “Island in the Sky” was still heavily forested and provided the Milottes with ample opportunity to continue photographing wildlife while no longer having to leave the comfort of home. Some of their writings (which GBLHS is in the process of cataloguing) indicate that they had bear, cougar, fox, deer, mice, squirrels, and skunk living almost outside their door. After they passed away, their “Island in the Sky” became a new development known as “Sky Island."

The event will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm at the Bonney Lake Justice Center, 9002 Main Street. So mark your calendars.

Check out our website at www.MWLFF.org.

Yes it’s FREE, however, GBLHS will accept donations during the event, and we’re looking for sponsors to help defray the expense for the festival and to assist GBLHS in our efforts to preserve the recently received collection of Milotte memorabilia.

You can be involved: GBLHS is a 501 (c)3 with a goal of educating the public about the history of the Bonney Lake area. All meetings are normally held the last Monday of the month at the Bonney Lake library. Our next meeting is slated for Monday, July 30th at 7:00 pm in the library meeting room.

More information will be provided in future installments of the GBLHS blog.

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Lauren Padgett July 06, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Will the films be shown on an old reel, or have they been digitally remastered? This is a timeless piece of local history and is really exciting for the community!
Fred Jacobsen July 06, 2012 at 05:29 PM
All of the movies that we'll be showing have been converted to DVD. We do have some of older 8mm and 16mm films, however, they are extremely fragile and not something we'll be using for the film festival.
Fred Jacobsen July 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
If you have questions/comments regarding the Greater Bonney Lake HIstorical Society (GBLHS) you can contact us at GBLHS2012@gmail.com. If you have questions/comments about the Milotte Wildlife Film Festival please contact us at MWLFF2012@gmail.com.
Laurie Carter July 09, 2012 at 12:35 AM
It is great the way GBLHS provides info on where we have been so we can plan on where we are headed. Who know these award winners lived in our midst? Or about Skystone? Or some of the other markers installed in the greater Bonney Lake area. I look forward to attending the film festival and would love to be a sponsor! Will GBLHS be at Bonney Lake Days, selling calendars and the book on the history of Bonney Lake?
Fred Jacobsen July 09, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Yes GBLHS will be at Bonney Lake days on Saturday, August 18th. Yes, GBLHS plans to sell 2013 calendars and will also be selling "Bonnie Lake's Plateau", our first book published by my lovely wife Winona, and much, much, more. GBLHS hopes to see as many of you as possible stop by our booths during Bonney Lake Day's to check out the baskets of goodies up for auction, purchase a calendar, buy a book, or sign up to become a member.

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