“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”  Ansel Adams, Photographer


How I came to fall in love with Mammoth Lakes, California…

My boyfriend, now my husband, Gregory had been telling me about Mammoth. He made it sound amazing. Huge mountain, amazing ski runs, gorgeous views, you name it.

I had lived in Southern California most of my life, but had never traveled the 350 miles up the 395 to Mammoth. The 395? Where was that? Mammoth is Southern California’s mountain, and if you don’t live in SoCal and you don’t ski, chances are you haven’t been to Mammoth. I didn’t grow up skiing. So there you have it.

Gregory finally hauled me up to Mammoth and it didn’t even take getting to the actual town for me to find myself in awe. The 395 takes you up the Eastern Sierras, the home of Mt. Whitney (tallest mountain in the lower 48 states), Yosemite and of many of Ansel Adams most famous photographs. It still has a very small population, and so it feels untouched. And it’s gorgeous.

By the time I’d gotten to Mammoth Mountain, skied some amazing snow under blue skies with 100 mile views in nearly every direction, well, I was hooked.

Ansel Adams country

Ansel Adams had it right. The mountain speaks to the very core of your being. I couldn’t deny it.

To say that we got up to Mammoth every chance we got is actually an understatement. We probably went up 150 times in a decade. One year we managed to spend 15% of our time there.

The best kept secret…

A few years after I fell in love with Mammoth in the winter, we went up during the summer on a whim. And I discovered the best kept secret of all: Mammoth is actually better in the summer then it is in the winter, if you can believe it. It’s got all the beauty and there’s so much more to do: boating, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, hot springs and more.

Fast forward a few years and I was thinking about a movie I wanted to write. I wanted to set it in a beautiful place—a place where you could just point the camera and you’d have amazing production value on screen. I wanted to set it in a place that I could feature as a character in the movie—unique, diverse and complex. A place you could fall in love with as the viewer.

And I wanted to set in a place where I could rally support for a project like a film—a place that had heart and passion and commitment in the people who’ve chosen to live there.

I found all of this and so much more in Mammoth Lakes. The people who choose to live there don’t do it because it’s easy. They do it because they love it so much they can’t imagine living anywhere else. They love it, cherish it and celebrate it, just like I wanted to do in the film.

And they were immensely supportive of Saturn Returns.

So, if you’re just learning about Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain, and the Eastern Sierras, I encourage you to fall in love with it in the movie, and then fall in love with it in person.

It’s not an understatement when I say it’s an extraordinary—even magical—place. I can’t wait for you to discover it for yourself.

Below are the amazing Mammoth Lakes supporters of Saturn Returns.  Please click on the logo to check them out!

A big thank you to our supporters!


Special Thanks to…

  • Albert Hasson
  • Aasun Eble
  • Alan J Franklin
  • Alfred L McIntosh
  • Anne Whitaker
  • Bayard Jones
  • Bill Noack
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  • Brenda Adelman
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  • Chuck Pierce
  • Claire Chandler
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