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
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
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
ABBOTT & COSTELLO - The Early Years History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Here is a fun program exploring the history of one of America's greatest comedy teams. This program explains the history of Bud and Lou, from their introduction right through their years in Burlesque, Radio and finally the Motion Picture screen. We focus quite a bit on the WWII era films, and we also discuss their career lags, rebirth and finally their split up and solo careers. Program uses DVD footage of various routines that have made them famous, including "Who's On First", "Susquehanna Hat Company" and "Slowly I Turn, Step by Step". Fun program that works in whatever time slot you have for it. NEW 2012
$101- $200
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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