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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 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
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
Bram, Lance Perception: Optical Illusions Life Skills- Other,
Media- Photography
Learn how to observe the small details in your everyday life. Activity of looking at various photos and optical illusions to realize how everyone perceives something different.
Up to $100
Crocker, Keith 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
Crocker, Keith World War One As Seen Through Hollywood's Lens History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Here is the perfect presentation for the centennial of the war that was supposed to end all wars. With this program we use vintage film clips of both silent and early sound film excursions into the subject of WWI, starting with the propaganda films of D.W. Griffith and Eric Von Strohiem as well as examining later films and made for TV productions dealing with the subject of the war and it's aftermath. This program explores the power of propaganda and it's importance during war time, as well as the repercussions of loaded and insightful imagery that is often used in times of conflict. Praise from Linda White of Elmont Public Library regarding World War One As Seen Through Hollywood's Lens: Your presentation was Superb from the beginning to the end. The audience was captivated, all eyes were on the screen. All the drama at the beginning and the end was totally unexpected. Great job Mr. Director. I never watch War Movies; but this program kept my interest. Highly Recommended! Our Patrons can't stop talking about it. Keith keep your programs coming, they are the Very Best !!!
$101- $200
Barkan, Paul Michael THE BEATLES' Magical Use of the Orchestra Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Presented by Paul Michael Barkan, Music Technology Professor at the John Lennon Center for Music at Five Towns College, this lecture will explore the trailblazing use of the symphony orchestra and the recording studio in the music of the Beatles. This not-to-be-missed multi-media presentation promises to be lively, entertaining and full of video clips of the Beatles' songs and musical examples!
$201- $350
Fiske, David Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I History,
Media- Other
During the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though others had no military background. The shows were light entertainment, featuring skits and musical numbers, and utilized many performers who were actually in the service. Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Up to $100
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
Crocker, Keith Lon Chaney Sr - Man of a Thousand Faces and More!: History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Perhaps one of the least spoken about talents from the golden days of silent Hollywood film productions, Lon Chaney's influence on modern Hollywood make-up effects is second to none. Not only was he a fantastic make-up man, he was also one of the best actors of his time, very often choosing to underplay a part rather than go for the typical theatrics that punctuated the bulk of the performances from that era. Chaney had a smooth style all his own, and proved he could play just about any role handed to him which in turn, kept him from being typecast. Join us as we watch clips from some of Chaney's work including classics such as Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Unholy Three (1925), Tell it to the Marines (1926), and many more. This would make a great double booking with my Lon Chaney Jr. presentation. Perfect for the Halloween season!
$101- $200
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