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: 12/13/2017

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
HAL ROACH - Hollywood's Hidden King of Comedy Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Hal Roach was certainly a well know producer, but so few realize that this man gave us some of the best comedic acts that Hollywood had to offer. From his humble roots being born to Irish immigrant parents in Elmira NY, to his journey to California to become a successful prospector, Hal Roach himself never envisioned becoming the King of Comedy. But he did, giving us Harold Loyd, Laurel and Hardy, The Little Rascals and so many more. This program focuses on Roach's early career and creative output, and will use 16mm comedy shorts to exemplify Roach's output.
$101- $200
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
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
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
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
The Golden Age of TV Comedy - When Comedy Married Television History,
Media- Video,
Media- Film
Here is a follow up to my most popular program The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - When TV married Music. Ed Sullivan brought a barrage of entertainment to the masses, and introduced us to some of the most popular comedians of all time. Here is a sampling of clips of the masters of comedy doing what they do best as was represented by the Ed Sullivan show; Jackie Mason, John Byner, George Carlin, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Stiller & Meara, Myron Cohen, Smothers Brothers, The Three Stooges, etc...If your constituency loved the Ed Sullivan musical program, then they are going to eat this up!
$101- $200
The Little Rascals - Mischief Makers History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here is a program no one should do without. The Little Rascals are perhaps the most beloved comedy team of the 1930's. Consisting of all child actors, Producer Hal Roach created one of the most enduring series of comedy shorts loved not just by the adults who saw them theatrically but by children who later embraced the Rascals once their shorts were presented nation wide on Television. This fantastic 60 minute program focuses on the life and times of the Little Rascals, complete with a 16mm film presentation of their classic short subject Divot Diggers (1937). If you ever wanted to know all you need to know about the Little Rascals, here’s your chance. Book this seminar NOW!
$101- $200
THE FANTASTIC ANIMATION FESTIVAL - Cartoons from the Cinema to the early days of Television Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Folks, this a first as far as my presentations go. Here is another delightful program that you can bring the whole family to. Watch as I recount the history of animation and cartoons from the earliest days of the cinema to it's glory days on National TV syndication which in turn resulted in made for TV cartoons. The highlight of this program includes a 16mm film presentation of classic animation made for the movie houses and cartoons made for TV. Come and see your favorites, from Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd to Huckleberry Hound and The Pink Panther, this is a program that will not disappoint the young and old alike. Book early, this program will move like a hot cake.
$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, either The Music Box or a condensed version of Sons of the Desert. 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 16mm film presentation.
$101- $200
JEWISH INFLUENCES IN FILM 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, depending on the program picked by the participating sponsor, will focus on examples of actors (Kirk Douglas, Melvin Douglas), actresses (Lauren Bacall, Shelley Winters), directors (Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger) and producers (Samuel Goldwyn, Carl Laemmle). Program concludes with a showing of a 16mm condensation of the Marx Brothers Monkey Business (1931).
$101- $200
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