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Crocker, Keith Red Storm Rising: Hollywood at War with Itself History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
At the height of the Red Scare, Hollywood found itself split in half in regards to political accusations and pressure to turn over suspected Communist conspirators. This program focuses on the inner turmoil that divided the Hollywood populace and left scars that still linger to this day. It also paints a vivid portrait of the atmosphere of distrust and paranoia that permeated the period, coupled with some interesting examples of anti-communist propaganda produced by Hollywood at the time.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith I LOVE LUCY - Lucille Ball - From Hollywood to Television History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
This program is a delightful examination of the career of comedic actress Lucille Ball, from her humble beginnings in Jamestown, NY to her rise to stardom in Hollywood and her later television career, Lucille Ball was one of the most beloved and trend setting female comic in the history of motion pictures and television. And while her whole output as an actress is explored, we give special attention to her television career, I Love Lucy in particular. In fact the highlight of this program is a showing of a rare I Love Lucy episode title Paris At Last. For years programmers and audiences alike have been asking for this, and here it finally is...
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith JEWISH INFLUENCES IN CINEMA History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other
This program focuses on the influence of Jewish immigrants on the United States film culture during the Golden Age of Hollywood and will highlight examples of Producers (Samuel Goldwyn, Carl Laemmle), Directors (Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger) and Actors (Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre), Actresses (Lauren Bacall, Shelley Winters). Utilizing clips of rare interviews and intimate moments we will draw a broad portrait of the Jewish immigrant experience and it's effect on the history of motion pictures.
$101- $200
Siy, Alexandra Author & Photographer Alexandra Siy Literature- Authors,
Media- Photography,
Science
Author and Photographer Alexandra Siy launches children of all ages on an outer space adventure. Using her award-winning space titles as a launch pad, children will travel to the Moon, Mars, the outer planets, and interstellar space. Stories, 3D photography, short video, and sound will inspire young readers to explore their place in the Universe. Libraries can choose to focus on an active game themed program where children move as they learn how astronauts navigated on the Moon, or an artistic themed program where children create a postcard from space.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith HAMMER HORROR - British horror films of the 1960's History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hammer films of England produced some of the most exciting and colorful horror films ever made. They also created a star factory that included the likes of Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings) and Peter Cushing (Star Wars). Known for their lavish production values, splashes of gruesome viscera, and strong sense of sensuality, they redefined the genre in a way that still leaves it's mark on the current horror and sci-fi cinema of today. Join me for this introspective journey through the career of Hammer film studios, all the way through their humble poverty row productions of the 1940's through their shot to international recognition as the masters of horror and science fiction in the 1960's. Comes complete with a vintage memorabilia presentation plus a 16mm showing of a digest version of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). A must when booking for the Halloween season of September/October.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith CHARLEY CHASE - From Silent Clown to Creative Cohort History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Charley Chase was a popular character actor throughout the teens and 20's, he got his start in cinema when he told legendary producer Hal Roach that he could play anything and then proceeded to do an imitation of a lighthouse. But what makes Charley Chase stand out from the other silent comedians of the time was that he ended up writing and directing for some of the biggest acts in the business including the Three Stooges and Andy Clyde. He also acted along side such astonishing acts as Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle. Find out all about this underestimated comic genius in this great 60 minute program. Features a showing of the Charley Chase classic short You Said a Hatful! (1934) in DVD format.
$101- $200
Siy, Alexandra Author & Photographer Alexandra Siy Literature- Authors,
Media- Photography,
Nature- Other
Award-winning science writer, Alexandra Siy, brings the microscopic world into focus through books and photography. Children learn about insects and spiders as they are introduced to the microscopic world revealed by photographs taken with an electron microscope. Then they experience microscopy using magnifiers to view many kinds of specimens. Libraries can choose to include a writing workshop as part of the program.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith ARTFUL VISCERA - An Exploration of the Italian Horror film 1960 through 1980 History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other
The Italians reinvented the horror film between 1960 and 1980. Generally, the genre was frowned upon by the fascist movement of the 1930's, but once the war ended and Italy had a chance to get back on their feet, they ended up making up for lost time by producing some of the most frightening films ever to grace a movie theater screen. From the trend setting work of directors like Mario Bava (Black Sunday) to the misanthropic nightmares of Lucio Fulci (Zombie), Italian horror films continue to place their mark on the current crop of American made nightmare films. Join me for the ultimate history lesson on European trash cinema. Comes complete with a vintage memorabilia presentation plus a 16mm showing of a digest version of Horror Castle (1963). This program would be very popular with your younger teenage and college years patrons.
$101- $200
Siy, Alexandra Author & Photographer Alexandra Siy Media- Photography,
Science
Author and photographer Alexandra Siy offers a STEAM inspired workshop for students ages 10 and up. InstaSTEM = interactive video conferencing + art + STEM! Students learn how to use their cell phone cameras to create original "science as art" photographs and write a compelling, scientifically accurate caption that they can post on their social media sites. The introductory program will get students started on their "science as art" adventure, but for libraries interested in offering a more in-depth workshop, please consider a four-week workshop which is offered online in the author's Fieldtrip ZOOM classroom.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith Long Island, the Gold Coast and Hollywood History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Here's a unique and interesting program that will please your patrons as well as wet the apatite of Long Islanders curious to see how their beloved home is represented in the Hollywood of old. Utilizing clips from vintage Hollywood films I will give a detailed account of the West coasts view of the East coast. A Gold Coast mansion could either be the scene of a storm swept murder mystery or provide the perfect setting for a Marx Brothers comedy, but the exclusivity, beauty and wonder of Long Island will forever be captured in the heyday of tinsel town and the representations vary in interesting ways. Join us for this historical journey of cinema and seascape.
$101- $200
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