Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
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
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 Humphrey 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
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
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
Tod Browning - The Crown Price of the Cinematic Macabre History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tod Browning was once one of Hollywood's golden directors during the silent era of motion pictures. He helped make a star of Lon Chaney Sr. by collaborating on a series of film noir styled crime films for MGM. He was recruited by Universal pictures for Dracula (1931). But his career plummeted after he directed the notorious Freaks (1932) which went on to horrify and upset movie patrons for decades. But what was the story behind this man and his increasingly disturbing motion pictures? Join me for a psychological introspection on one of the masters of the macabre, Tod Browning.
$101- $200
Boris and Bela : The Kings of the B's History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Here is a perfect program for the Halloween season. We explore the career of classic Hollywood horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Although Karloff and Lugosi were rivals in terms of their competing for the meatiest roles in fantasy cinema, their careers often collided for some fantastic collaboration and memorabilia cinematic moments. Be the first on line to hear about the humble beginnings of both performers and their flight to stardom as they essayed the roles they'd both become synonymous with (Lugosi for Dracula and Karloff with Frankenstein). We are going to see film clips as well as a wealth of movie memorabilia to give a fine portrait of two men so long associated with B grade pictures who turned the product they starred in to A list material. This is a must do program!
$101- $200
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
60 Seconds of Thrills and Chills: Advertising Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy films of the 1950's, 60's and 70's History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here is a knockout of a show, as we explore the way movie theaters exhibited horror and sci-fi films and literally feed a hungry teenage audience by promising them the “thrill of a life time” with posters, lobby cards, stills and of course the theatrical prevue.This is a fantastic time capsule of the 1950's and 60's and the way motion pictures were advertised. Here you get a parade (50 minutes worth) of 16mm film previews plus a whole host of movie memorabilia in this two hour fun-a-thon.
$101- $200
World War One As Seen Through Hollywood's Lens History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Here is the perfect presentation for the centennial of the war that was supposed to end all wars. With this program we use vintage film clips of both silent and early sound film excursions into the subject of WWI, starting with the propaganda films of D.W. Griffith and Eric Von Strohiem as well as examining later films and made for TV productions dealing with the subject of the war and it's aftermath. This program explores the power of propaganda and it's importance during war time, as well as the repercussions of loaded and insightful imagery that is often used in times of conflict. Praise from Linda White of Elmont Public Library regarding World War One As Seen Through Hollywood's Lens: Your presentation was Superb from the beginning to the end. The audience was captivated, all eyes were on the screen. All the drama at the beginning and the end was totally unexpected. Great job Mr. Director. I never watch War Movies; but this program kept my interest. Highly Recommended! Our Patrons can't stop talking about it. Keith keep your programs coming, they are the Very Best !!!
$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
From Gothic Short Story To Cinematic Reality History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here is a killer program for both the enthusiastic reader and the avid cinema goer! Using two examples of classic, Gothic horror literature, Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”, and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart”, we explore the power of both mediums, the written word and the cinematic image, and the difficulties encountered in transferring the written word to the big screen! I will be utilizing two Academy Award winning short subjects, Robert Enrico’s 1961 adaption of Owl Creek Bridge, and Jules Dassin’s 1941 adoption of Tell Tale Heart, in showing the translation from pen to projection. This is a 16mm film presentation that includes a movie memorabilia show and a question and answer session. Runs 90 minutes and would make a perfect pre-Halloween show for adults and young adults alike!
$101- $200
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