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
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
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
HOW TO MAKE FILMS WITH NO OR LITTLE MONEY Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Visual Arts- Other
A two hour program that teaches everything you need to know about film-making in one shot. First we begin with the writing process, how to turn ones cinematic ideas into a written reality. We explore the differences between film and video, and examples of both mediums is given, comparing and contrasting various equipment. The participants then will learn how to light and shoot a scene. We also go over how to recruit talent, a crew and how to put a feature presentation together without compromising ones personal budget. This is a very good program for young adults and curious grown ups.
$101- $200
Rallying Up The Troops - Hollywood and the Films of World War II: History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Here is an excellent follow up program for those who booked the World War One As Seen Through Hollywood's Lens seminar. This program details the aim of Hollywood in its rally call to produce propaganda films that would persuade the American people to wholeheartedly join the war effort. By pulling together some of Hollywood's top talent (many of whom were already in active service via the armed forces), Hollywood proved to be vitally instrumental in drumming up the force needed to help the allies win the war. Hear the history of how all of this unfolded, and see clips from some of the most famous propaganda films produced in Tinsel Town including Casablanca (1942), Joan of Paris (1942), A Yank on the Burma Road (1942), as well as countless others. We even explore the use of loaded imagery in various other genres including musicals, horror, animation and more! Excellent program for the Memorial Day weekend and the months leading up to it.
$101- $200
BUSTER KEATON - Stone Faced Clown of Comedy History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
What a wonderful way to entertain and inform your patrons with this excellent program on the master of stone faced comedy, the one and only Buster Keaton. Not only will we explore his early days on the Burlesque stage working along side his parents, but we will discover how this child actor became a sensation all his own and grew into the famous face we've all come to love and admire. This 60 minute presentation comes complete with a screening of his silent classic comedy short Cops (1922), which he co-wrote and directed with Edward F. Cline, who went on to direct W. C. Fields and Mae West in My Little Chickadee (1940). This is screened in DVD format.
$101- $200
VINCENT PRICE - Hollywood's Handsome Master of Menace Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Vincent Price was a box office draw with his horror films of the 1950's, 60's and 70's. But many never realized that Price was being groomed for more romantic leading parts in such films as The Song of Bernadette and Laura. This program focuses on the career of Vincent Price, from his early years in Hollywood to his later years working with the notorious American International Pictures and finally his rediscovery at the hands of filmmaker Tim Burton. A combination of DVD and film presentation, we also get a look at some rare pressbooks and posters used to advertise Price's pictures, this program is the ultimate testament to one of Hollywood's greatest talents.
$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
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
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
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
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