Performers and Programs

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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
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
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
JEWISH INFLUENCES IN CINEMA History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other
This program focuses on the influence of Jewish immigrants on the United States film culture during the Golden Age of Hollywood and will highlight examples of Producers (Samuel Goldwyn, Carl Laemmle), Directors (Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger) and Actors (Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre), Actresses (Lauren Bacall, Shelley Winters). Utilizing clips of rare interviews and intimate moments we will draw a broad portrait of the Jewish immigrant experience and it's effect on the history of motion pictures.
$101- $200
LON CHANEY JR - From Lenny to the Wolfman - Hollywood's Under Appreciated Boogeyman Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Here's a fantastic program that explores the career of Lon Chaney Jr. Born to Silent film legend Lon Chaney Sr, Chaney Jr's career was seriously sidelined by both his father and the Hollywood studios who felt the need to keep type casting him despite the fact that he was actually a very versatile performer. From his birth all the way to his height of popularity and finally his fall in Hollywood this program will show Chaney's versatility by utilizing various film clips from his horror and non horror pictures, and it will paint the picture of an actor who had so much to offer but was given such a limited space to display it all. Includes a fantastic amount of movie memorabilia and anecdotes about Chaney's career.
$101- $200
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
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
Alfred Hitchcock - Founding Father of the Stalk and Slash Genre: History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Ok, we've already seen programs about the importance of Alfred Hitchcock's output on the history of cinema. However, few people actually realize that Hitchcock was the inventor of what we call "the slasher film," films exemplified by movies such as Halloween (1978) and Friday The 13th (1980). In this program, we'll gain deep insight as we explore Alfred Hitchcock's troubled childhood where his neurosis originated from having been raised in Victorian England, and we'll ascertain how this directly resulted in his inner rage and desires being expressed through such films as The Lodger (1927), Rope (1948), Psycho (1960), Torn Curtain (1966), and Frenzy (1972). We will also examine films that were highly influenced by Hitchcock such as Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1971) and more. Not your typical take on Hitchcock, but rather the turning of a whole new page in the master's career.
$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
THE HONEYMOONERS - Jackie Gleason and Company - America's Most Beloved Television Show History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Ok, here is the program I've had the most requests for. Join me for a delightful trip down memory lane as we investigate the career of comic actor genius Jackie Gleason and his entourage with focus paid to the classic series The Honeymooners, which aired from October 1, 1955 to September 22, 1956. Since the final broadcast, the Honeymooners has gone out to countless syndication showings which have resulted in New Years Eve marathon telecasts and festivals. The highlight of this program is a 16mm showing of a rare Honeymooners episode title Hello Mom (which aired December 3, 1955). Find out about Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolf and the behind the scene stories of the show itself. Bound to be a very popular program, so book now! Praise from Edith Kalickstein of Long Beach Public Library regarding THE HONEYMOONERS - Jackie Gleason and Company - America's Most Beloved Television Show: The program was excellent and brought back many memories. I also had a few laughs. Thank you so much for sharing with the Long Beach community. They had such a good time.
$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 film is screened in the Super 8mm format.
$101- $200
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