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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
BILLY GILBERT - Hollywood's Forgotten Comic Genius Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Billy Gilbert is easily one of the most recognized character actors on screen, yet so few people know anything about him. Born to Metropolitan Opera singers, Billy Gilbert was in Vaudeville since age 12, and upon being spotted by Stan Laurel during a stage show in 1929, was introduced to the world of motion pictures. He ended up working with the major comic talents of the day, including Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals, The Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields. He also acted along side Charles Chaplin, John Wayne and Frank Sinatra. This program celebrates Billy Gilbert's career in cinema, and utilizing various clips from his decades of work shows you why he was one of the favorite foils of Hollywood funny men.
$101- $200
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