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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Anthony, Carol Jump Jive and Jam Media- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A unique Interactive “Edutainment” Workshop/Jam Session for Musicians and Music Lovers interested in America’s pop culture and the music from the 1940s to early 1960s, including swing, jump blues, doo-wop, western swing, and the music that evolved into rock ’n roll. The workshop will consist of 3 parts: (1) performance of prepared tunes, (2) structured workshop of tunes that relate to the theme and are familiar but not often performed, and unstructured jam sessions on tunes provided by audience members that relate to the session theme. Note: Format is designed to engage audiences in the creative and performance process. Workshops will explore different styles, instrumentation and arrangement/interpretation of the tunes presented and invite audience participation in same.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith 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
Carpenter, Margot "The Heart Knows Better": Changing Prejudice to Kindness Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Learn where racism begins and how it can end, during a film and talk presentation by award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. View 3 short films by Mr. Kimmelman, the Emmy Award winning public service film "The Heart Knows Better"; "Brushstrokes," an anti-prejudice film commissioned by the UN; and "What Does a Person Deserve?" a celebrated film against homelessness and hunger. The films are part of an interactive presentation about how the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by American educator Eli Siegel, can change prejudice to kindness. His statement is the basis for "The Heart Knows Better": "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."
$101- $200
Clive, Young, May The Fan Film Be With You Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
May The Fan Film Be With You presents and discusses 15 of the best Star Wars fan films. In recent years, many movie fans have been inspired to make their own Star Wars films; using video cameras and powerful home computers for editing and special effects, these weekend directors have created a genre that became known as ‘fan films.’ Many of their homespun creations rival the original movies in quality and story, making these unusual films a permanent part of the Star Wars universe.

Most of these films are quite rare and have not been seen anywhere except the internet, but this program will screen them the way they were meant to be seen, in full-quality video. Additionally, the program will discuss the history of the growing fan film movement and explore what compels these budding filmmakers to invest so much effort into their personal visions of the Star Wars mythology. All material screened will be appropriate for the whole family, but discussion will be aimed primarily at adults and young adults.

$201- $350
Crocker, Keith 3-D MOVIES - Comin' at Ya! History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
When Hollywood received competition from the television studios in the 1950's, they pulled out a secret weapon called 3-D. Wearing a pair of blue and red cardboard glasses literally allowed the images on the movie screen to jump right off the screen and right into the audiences lap. 3-D was a process that was far from perfect, but for a brief period of time it was a rage country wide and gave some new excitement to the idea of going to the movies. Recently, 3-D has re-emerged and is again gaining in popularity and giving the couch potato audience a reason to rise out of their seats and come back to the movies. This program is one of the most complete you'll ever see in regards to the history of 3-D films and it includes a memorabilia show including posters and stills, plus a DVD presentation of trailers for films originally shot in 3-D. NEW 2012
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith 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
Witkover, Richard The Route of the Maya 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
Clive, Young, Kaboom: The History of Special Effects History,
Media- Film,
Media- Video
Kaboom: The History of Special Effects has been presented in more than 40 libraries! It is is a fun, visual program that mixes the most exciting moments in movie history with an educational primer on special effects, explaining how filmmakers have used technology and illusion to make the impossible seem real for over a century. You’ll never watch a Hollywood blockbuster the same way again!

Following a timeline from early efforts in the late 1800s to today’s computer-enhanced creations, the program presents key effects from great movies, explaining how they were achieved and why each was an important advancement.

Special attention is paid to the shift from using models to computer-generated animation. Clips from movies throughout the history of cinema will be shown, including King Kong, Star Wars, Star Trek, Jason & the Argonauts, Metropolis, Twister, War of the Worlds, The Wizard of Oz and more.

As an exclusive bonus, the final segment illustrates how special effects are used to keep older movies up to date, as scenes from the original Star Wars are shown with both the original 1977 version and the computer-enhanced 2004 DVD version presented simultaneously. The result is jaw-dropping!

$201- $350
Rudock, M. Photog., Cr., Bill Introduction To Digital Photography Media- Photography
The Digital revolution has won. 80% of all beginning & intermediate photographers are using digital media to capture their images. The transition from film to digital, especially for the novice, can be somewhat tricky. This program will take the photographer just transitioning into digital photography through all the basics necessary for digital images as good or better than their film images. By the end of the lecture students will feel more comfortable with the digital process and more adept at using their digital cameras. Program Highlights include: • Purchase the right digital camera • Understanding the digital process • Shoot, review & edit your photographs • Common problems & their solutions
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith 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
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