Every year, The Buster
Award is presented jointly by the Keaton
Celebration Committee of Iola, Kansas, and The
Damfinos: The International Buster Keaton Society.
The award is given to
someone who has, in one manner or another,
demonstrated excellence in the tradition of Buster
Previous recipients of The
Buster Award are:
Over the past 30-some years, he has enlightened
us again and again about Buster Keaton's life and career. It is because
of his writing and his documentaries that most of you are here today.
(Damfinos, film buffs, and aspiring film historians.)
For his body of work,
including the first important written analysis of
Keaton's films in 1969, the quality of that work and
his ability to express unusual and sharp insight into
the making of films.
Eleanor Norris Keaton
Special Lifetime Achievement
Buster Award) 1997:
She will answer questions from any reporter,
biographer or fan who comes along--even people she
may later wish that she hadn't talked to. She has
traveled the world to film festivals representing
Buster Keaton. If it weren't for Eleanor and her
determination, we might not remember Buster Keaton at
all. Thanks to his partner, his helpmate--in short,
his greatest leading lady--Eleanor Keaton--he'll
never be forgotten.
Leonard Maltin (1996):
For his work as a film
historian and for his lifelong mission to bring
public attention to and appreciation for classic
David Shepard (1995):
For restoring and preserving
more than 75 films, including the Sistine Chapel of
the silent era--the films of Buster Keaton.
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