Performers and Programs

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Performer name: Keith Crocker
Phone: 516-377-0011
Mailing address: 1540 Wales Ave.
North Baldwin, NY 11510
E-mail address: drfaustusmd@verizon.net
Previous appearances at: Oceanside Public Library, Port Washington Public Library , East Meadow Public Library , Merrick Public Library , Elmont Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 05/31/2019

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
Lon Chaney Sr - Man of a Thousand Faces and More!: History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Perhaps one of the least spoken about talents from the golden days of silent Hollywood film productions, Lon Chaney's influence on modern Hollywood make-up effects is second to none. Not only was he a fantastic make-up man, he was also one of the best actors of his time, very often choosing to underplay a part rather than go for the typical theatrics that punctuated the bulk of the performances from that era. Chaney had a smooth style all his own, and proved he could play just about any role handed to him which in turn, kept him from being typecast. Join us as we watch clips from some of Chaney's work including classics such as Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Unholy Three (1925), Tell it to the Marines (1926), and many more. This would make a great double booking with my Lon Chaney Jr. presentation. Perfect for the Halloween season!
$101- $200
The History of Sci-fi in Cinema: 1940 -58 History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
This is a fantastic study of the history of science fiction cinema from the early days of silent cinema to the most recent examples of big budget effects laden fantasy films. We'll screen some digest Castle Films to exemplify Sci-Fi cinema at it's best; Man Made Monster (1940), Dr. Cyclops (1940), One Million BC (1940), as well as It Came from Outer Space (1953), Tarantula (1955), The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1958). This is my second most requested show and comes with the whole two hour nostalgia memorabilia presentation and history lesson.
$101- $200
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
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
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
Santa Claus and the Movies - How the mythical elf of merriment has been presented on the silver screen! History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is an oddball but fun presentation showing the various depictions of the Santa Claus legend throughout the years. From Miracle on 34th Street to such crazy adaptations of the story such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, we'll investigate the history of Santa Claus through both legend and literature and its ultimate incarnation on the screen. This program will be a seasonal must. Loaded with clips of some of the strangest presentations of Santa over the past decades. It's a unique program to say the least.
$101- $200
The Golden Age of TV Comedy - When Comedy Married Television History,
Media- Film,
Media- Video
Here is a follow up to my most popular program The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - When TV married Music. Ed Sullivan brought a barrage of entertainment to the masses, and introduced us to some of the most popular comedians of all time. Here is a sampling of clips of the masters of comedy doing what they do best as was represented by the Ed Sullivan show; Jackie Mason, John Byner, George Carlin, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Stiller & Meara, Myron Cohen, Smothers Brothers, The Three Stooges, etc...If your constituency loved the Ed Sullivan musical program, then they are going to eat this up!
$101- $200
The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - When Music Married Television Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is a program that I can guarantee will have your patrons dancing in the aisles. The program director has their pick of programs as I explore the golden age of Rock & Roll through clips from one of the following programs, The Ed Sullivan Show (aired 1948 through 1971), Hullabaloo (aired 1965 through 1966), Shindig (aired 1964 through 1966) or Shivaree (aired 1965 through 1966) . I will give a concise history on any program of your choosing, and I will show musical clips from my vast library of rare and unreleased performances. Your patrons will delight to hear live performances from the beginning of Rock & Roll (Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis) to the British Invasion (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, The Hollies) and so much more. This is the definitive program on this subject, and you can book more than one presentation or even book all four in consecutive order. This is a great program for baby boomers to introduce their young ones to the music they had grown up with.
$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.
$101- $200
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