Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Keith Crocker
Phone: 516-377-0011
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1742
North Baldwin, NY 11510
E-mail address: drfaustusmd@verizon.net
Previous appearances at: Towers Country Club , Franklin Square Public Library , Mid Island Y , Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, Elmont Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 10/06/2018

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
CHARLES CHAPLIN - The Little Tramp and Lots of Laughs History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Who can dare book a comedy seminar without featuring the king of comedy himself, Charles Chaplin. The man who said; A day without a laugh is a wasted day, Charles Chaplin was the crown prince of silent film comedy, and one of the few men who continued his career into the sound pictures with remarkable style and wit. With a look unique only to himself, Chaplin created the sympathetic comic hero, his tramp persona a creation of his out of the real life poverty and misery he experienced as a child in England. A fantastic 60 minute program that features a showing of one of his classic silent comedies (Program Directors choice of The Cure (1917), The Immigrant (1917) or Easy Street (1917). Or watch all three and make it a longer program). Presented in Super 8mm format.
$101- $200
HOLLYWOOD BALLYHOO - The Selling of Genre Cinema to the General Public History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Now this is a truly fun program that will delight your audience. We explore the various gimmicks used by film producers to sell their product to the unwary public, gimmicks such as 3-D, Odorama, Smell-O-Vision, Cinerama, CinemaScope, etc... are all explored and shown as examples via a DVD presentation. Memorabilia that includes lobby cards, posters, and various props used to lure in the audience are also shown. Various film genres are discussed, including Horror films, Westerns, Comedies, Holiday Movies, and much, much more. NEW 2012
$101- $200
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. Includes clips from The Beast of Budapest (1958) as well as other memorabilia from the period.
$101- $200
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
The Politics of Persuasion - Folk Music and the 1960's Media- Other,
Media- Film,
Music
The Politics of Persuasion - Folk Music and the 1960's: During our recent times of political turmoil and indecision, one of the best ways to put life into perspective is to journey back into the 1960's and reevaluate the movement and the songs of the artists who broached the topics of the time. Join us as we watch clips and see such artists as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Donovan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and many many more. Come and be inspired by the music and investigate the invigorating feeling of taking control of one's own destiny. Along with the performances we'll also discuss the history of folk music and its importance in helping shape the America we live in today.
$101- $200
Peter Lorre : Hollywood's Unsung Master of Mayhem History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Another entry for the Halloween season. Join us as we unmask thriller film legend Peter Lorre and we explore his life from his earliest days in Hungary where he was known under his real name Laszlo Lowenstein to his rise to stardom in Germany and his ultimate transformation into Hollywood boogeyman. We also explore Lorre's "A" list work including Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. We'll talk about his working relationships with fellow actors Humphry Bogart and Sidney Greenstreet as well as his troubled personnel life and bouts with depression and alcohol. We'll be watching a plethora of film clips as well as viewing a mountain of memorabilia. This is another "must have" presentation.
$101- $200
Funny Fools - History of the Three Stooges History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk... Have your patrons feeling slap-happy with this 90 minute program that shines light on the history of Americas favorite comedy trio, the Three Stooges. We’ll watch three 16mm Three Stooges shorts, Three Little Sew and Sews, featuring Curly, Hot Stuff, featuring Shemp, and Quiz Whiz, featuring Joe Besser. Plus biographical info as well as memorabilia related to their career... A fave of many program directors.
$101- $200
LON CHANEY JR - From Lenny to the Wolfman - Hollywood's Under Appreciated Boogeyman Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Here's a fantastic program that explores the career of Lon Chaney Jr. Born to Silent film legend Lon Chaney Sr, Chaney Jr's career was seriously sidelined by both his father and the Hollywood studios who felt the need to keep type casting him despite the fact that he was actually a very versatile performer. From his birth all the way to his height of popularity and finally his fall in Hollywood this program will show Chaney's versatility by utilizing various film clips from his horror and non horror pictures, and it will paint the picture of an actor who had so much to offer but was given such a limited space to display it all. Includes a fantastic amount of movie memorabilia and anecdotes about Chaney's career.
$101- $200
Propaganda of the Axis - The Other Side of WWII as Seen Through the Eyes of the Enemy History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Here is the third and perhaps best entry on my long running War & Cinema series. This time out we explore WWII as seen through the eyes of the Japanese, Italian and German perspective. We do this by looking at their propaganda; exploring newsreels, cartoons, and various other forms of "entertainment" designed to keep their public actively involved in the war effort, and of course extolling the virtues of their causes. Whether it be the "Die for your Country" cries of the Japanese, or the "inspire your nation into unity that will obey" slogan of Italian Fascism, or the xenophobic warnings of "imperialist invaders ruining the purity of race" extolled by the Germans, this program is the ultimate examination of what our enemies were thinking during WWII.
$101- $200
The Universal History of Horror Part 1: 1931 -39 History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
The 1930s- Always a true crowd pleaser, this 45 minute collection of 6 short Castle Film Digests consisting of Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1932), The Mummy (1932), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and the Son of Frankenstein (1939), tells the true history of classic horror in the cinema and exemplifies the growth of cinema in general. Explains the social significance of horror films in our society. Plus you get a wealth of movie materials (posters, pressbooks, etc) dating back to the golden days until the present. A two hour program that serves as both a history lesson as well as group participation event.
$101- $200
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