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
Lost in Laughter with Laurel & Hardy History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
In case the Marx Brothers didn’t leave you breathless with laughter, then the antics of Laurel & Hardy will. This classic comedy team, who made the transition from silent to sound films, seems to always tickle the funnybone of America. Long before Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy left audiences laughing in the aisles with their subtle yet sure brand of slapstick and tom foolery. In this loving tribute, we will see one of their classic comedy shorts. And, as always, a biographical overview and memorabilia show will round out the proceedings. Once again, this is a 90 minute program complete with a DVD presentation.
$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
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
LAUREL & HARDY: THE SILENT YEARS Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Clowning
This is an excellent addition to my Lost in Laughter with Laurel & Hardy program which covers their sound work. In this program we examine how the classic comedy team got paired together by Producer Hal Roach, and we look at the silent short comedies produced in the late 1920's. We will watch one of their classic silent short comedies, Do Detectives Think from 1927. It was this short that solidified the classic persona they would adapt and in term would make them the most recognizable comedy teams in history. This program uses DVD.
$101- $200
The Politics of Persuasion - Folk Music and the 1960's Media- Film,
Media- Other,
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
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
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
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 Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals - Song and Dance History,
Media- Film,
Media- Video
I've been asked so many times about doing a program like this, and here it finally is! We will be watching clips from classic movie musicals beginning with the early days of Busby Berkeley and his pre-psychedelic choreographed dance numbers. We will follow the development of the movie musical with footage of Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire , Gene Kelly, and classic films such as Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sound of Music and so much more. So put on your dancing shoes and get your baritone voice ready, it's time to celebrate the Hollywood musical in all its glory!
$101- $200
Film Noir - The Dark Underbelly of Hollywood: History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
In the years following WWII, many filmmakers began making movies that represented the seedier and uglier realities of life. Gone was the cinema of wine and roses, and in its place rose an imagery of dark alleys, mysterious shadows and hidden motives. This type of cinema, which actually has its roots deep in German Expressionism, is exemplified by the use of black and white film and stark lighting. And at the center of the visuals is the overall message that life is NOT what it seems, and the outcome can be dire and drastic. We will immerse ourselves in a world of chiaroscuro, and when we emerge we'll have a greater understanding of the importance of film noir and its effects upon current cinematic output. See clips from such classics as Double Indemnity (1944), Laura (1944), Nightmare Alley (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), and many, many more.
$101- $200
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