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Crocker, Keith The Universal History of Horror Part 2: 1940 - 47 History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
The popular follow-up that includes 45 minutes of Castle Films shorts, The Wolf Man (1940), Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1942), The House of Frankenstein (1944-two shorts), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), and The Mummy’s Ghost (1944). Plus you get a wealth of movie materials(posters, pressbooks, etc) dating back to the golden days until the present. A two hour program featuring the best action from the golden age of horror, my most requested lecture.
$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
Crocker, Keith 60 Seconds of Thrills and Chills: Advertising Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy films of the 1950's, 60's and 70's History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here is a knockout of a show, as we explore the way movie theaters exhibited horror and sci-fi films and literally feed a hungry teenage audience by promising them the “thrill of a life time” with posters, lobby cards, stills and of course the theatrical prevue. Here you get a parade (50 minutes worth) of 16mm film previews plus a whole host of movie memorabilia in this two hour fun-a-thon.
$101- $200
Witkover, Richard Our Life in Japan 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.. This differs from our other programs as it is a life experience. We were able to experience a culture not available to the average tourist. Richard did research at the National Laboratory of High Energy Physics and our two teenage children had total emersion in a Japanese school. Carole visited Special Education facilities.
$101- $200
Visco, Christopher Fake News vs Real News: Determining the truth Life Skills- Other,
Media- Other,
Other
Many people can’t tell the difference between a reported news article, a persuasive opinion piece, and a corporate ad. This lack of media literacy makes everyone vulnerable to getting duped by “fake news” - which can have real consequences. Most people use the web every day — shouldn’t we expect them to do better at interpreting what they read there? This presentation will have explore the many tools that can be used to search for the truth
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith HOW TO MAKE FILMS WITH NO OR LITTLE MONEY Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Visual Arts- Other
A two hour program that teaches everything you need to know about filmmaking in one shot. First we begin with the writing process, how to turn ones cinematic ideas into a written reality. We explore the diffrences between film and video, and examples of both mediums is given, comparing and contrasting various equiptment. The participants then will learn how to light and shoot a scene. We also go over how to recruit talent, a crew, and how to put a feature presentation together without comprimising ones personal budget. This is a very good program for young adults and curious grown ups.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals - Song and Dance History,
Media- Film,
Media- Video
I've been asked so many times about doing a program like this, and here it finally is! We will be watching clips from classic movie musicals beginning with the early days of Busby Berkeley and his pre-psychedelic choreographed dance numbers. We will follow the development of the movie musical with footage of Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire , Gene Kelly, and classic films such as Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sound of Music and so much more. So put on your dancing shoes and get your baritone voice ready, it's time to celebrate the Hollywood musical in all its glory!
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith 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 Laurell & 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 Sound Super 8mm format.
$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 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
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