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: 10/06/2018

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
FRANKENSTEIN AT 200- Adapting Shelley to the Silver Screen History,
Literature- Authors,
Media- Film
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a novel of Gothic horror turns 200 years old in 2018. Join us in a birthday celebration as we examine the cinematic adaptations of Shelley's problem child. Starting with Thomas Edison's 1910 adaptation, and following through with Universal Pictures classic with Boris Karloff, we come up to the present while viewing clips of films based on Shelley's work. We will also examine a plethora of movie memorabilia as we discuss the importance of Mary's novel and its various incarnations of the silver screen. From Karloff to Christopher Lee to Robert DeNiro, we will explore it all and bask in the glory of Mary Shelley's timeless masterpiece.
$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
From Gothic Short Story To Cinematic Reality History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here is a killer program for both the enthusiastic reader and the avid cinema goer! Using two examples of classic, Gothic horror literature, Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”, and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart”, we explore the power of both mediums, the written word and the cinematic image, and the difficulties encountered in transferring the written word to the big screen! I will be utilizing two Academy Award winning short subjects, Robert Enrico’s 1961 adaption of Owl Creek Bridge, and Jules Dassin’s 1941 adoption of Tell Tale Heart, in showing the translation from pen to projection. This is a 16mm film presentation that includes a movie memorabilia show and a question and answer session. Runs 90 minutes and would make a perfect pre-Halloween show for adults and young adults alike!
$101- $200
HAMMER HORROR - British horror films of the 1960's History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hammer films of England produced some of the most exciting and colorful horror films ever made. They also created a star factory that included the likes of Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings) and Peter Cushing (Star Wars). Known for their lavish production values, splashes of gruesome viscera, and strong sense of sensuality, they redefined the genre in a way that still leaves it's mark on the current horror and sci-fi cinema of today. Join me for this introspective journey through the career of Hammer film studios, all the way through their humble poverty row productions of the 1940's through their shot to international recognition as the masters of horror and science fiction in the 1960's. Comes complete with a vintage memorabilia presentation plus a 16mm showing of a digest version of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). A must when booking for the Halloween season of September/October.
$101- $200
Red Storm Rising: Hollywood at War with Itself History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
At the height of the Red Scare, Hollywood found itself split in half in regards to political accusations and pressure to turn over suspected Communist conspirators. This program focuses on the inner turmoil that divided the Hollywood populace and left scars that still linger to this day. It also paints a vivid portrait of the atmosphere of distrust and paranoia that permeated the period, coupled with some interesting examples of anti-communist propaganda produced by Hollywood at the time. Includes clips from The Beast of Budapest (1958) as well as other memorabilia from the period.
$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
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
Edgar Allan Poe - From Literature to the Silver Screen! Literature- Authors,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Edgar Allan Poe - From Literature to the Silver Screen!: The literary genius who gave us the mystery, horror and sci-fi genres is under our microscope for this presentation. Poe's achievements in literature are well documented. But not many know about how long Poe has been influencing cinema. In this program we will watch some short films based on Poe's work, and we'll also see clips from feature films as well. We'll talk about the actors and directors who made a career off of bringing Poe's stories to life, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and so many more. So get ready for thrills and chills as we dig deep into the legend of Edgar Allan Poe and the cinematic macabre he so cleverly influenced.
$101- $200
CLASSIC MUSICAL SHORTS OF THE 1930's & 40's History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here’s a great program for both seniors & young. During the 1930's & 40's in many bars and restaurants you could put a dime in a machine and view a “soundie” of Glenn Miller’s orchestra playing their latest record. Well, now you can relive those fantastic cinematic moments as Keith Crocker presents a selection of vintage short musical numbers featuring the biggest acts of the day. Each program is one hour long and contains 16mm short subjects plus a fantastic seminar on the history of these “pre-MTV” musical numbers. Program 1: South of the Border Songs + Sentimental Journey - Featuring Rita Rio, Ellen Connor, The Velasco’s, Glen Gray’s Orchestra, Sonny Dunham, and the Dinning Sisters. Program 2: Musical Capers + Old Time Tunes - Featuring Al Trace, Chris Cross, Milt Britton, Daring Young Man, The Four Lady Killers and Snooky Lanson. Program 3: Cuban Rhythm + Sports Parade - Two very interesting theatrically shown short subjects. Cuban Rhythm explores exotic dances and actually teaches how to do them, while Sports Parade shows us a day in the life of Rodeo Stars, complete with cowboys roughing it up rodeo style.
$101- $200
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