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Program
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Description
Fee
Crocker, Keith 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
Crocker, Keith ABBOTT & COSTELLO - The Early Years History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Here is a fun program exploring the history of one of America's greatest comedy teams. This program explains the history of Bud and Lou, from their introduction right through their years in Burlesque, Radio and finally the Motion Picture screen. We focus quite a bit on the WWII era films, and we also discuss their career lags, rebirth and finally their split up and solo careers. Program uses DVD footage of various routines that have made them famous, including Who's On First, Susquehanna Hat Company and Slowly I Turn, Step by Step. Fun program that works in whatever time slot you have for it.
$101- $200
Witkover, Richard Tanzania Photo Adventure Media- Photography
Multi media program, Modern computer techniques with multiple sound tracks on DVD for music and narration. Display large format photographs on topic and have Q&A. Current events in country are discussed..
$101- $200
Witkover, Richard Turkey...Istanbul and Beyond Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
Turkey has been called the "crossroads of Civilization". Its history pre-dates the bronze age. Many biblical events occurred there. The remnants of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations abound. Come and travel through this historic area by land, sailboat and hot air balloon. A 40 minute multi-media dvd-based presentation using modern computer techniques. In addition an exhibit of large high quality photographs will be presented
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith Ed Wood - Hollywood's Worst Filmmaker, or Misunderstood Genius? Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ed Wood the man who directed the infamous and unintentionally funny Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been accused of being Hollywood's worst filmmaker but is this criticism fair? In this program, we explore the life of Ed Wood, from his days as a marine Corporal during WWII were he served in the battle of Tarawa to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such classics as The Bride & The Beast (1958) and later working his way to directing cult classics as Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Woods somewhat autobiographical Glenn or Glenda (1953) explored his passion for dressing like a woman. Writer Jim Morton said of Ed Wood; Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat. As a bonus, we will also explore other filmmakers whose works are so bad it proves that Ed Wood was actually quite ahead of his time.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith W.C. FIELDS - A Life on Stage, Radio and Film- History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here’s a wonderful program on Fields and his own unique take on comedy. Comes complete with a DVD showing of The Dentist which features Fields in his finest moments. Find out all about the man who was born Old and cranky. From childhood to his passing, learn all about man who uttered the famous words Go away kid, you bother me. From a tough childhood in the streets to fame at the top of the ladder, Fields star shines the brightest.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith 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
Crocker, Keith 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
Witkover, Richard Vietnam and Cambodia Media- Photography
Multi media program, Modern computer techniques with multiple sound tracks on DVD for music and narration. Display large format photographs on topic and have Q&A. Current events in country are discussed..
$101- $200
Bram, Lance Brain games night/ 4th to 6th grade Life Skills- Other,
Media- Other
4th to 6th grade. Gather and play fun tabletop games that challenge your brain. Games will be provided or feel free to bring your own favorite game!
Up to $100
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