Our 21st Annual Convention will be held in Muskegon, MI on October 2nd and 3rd. This year's program features film screenings at the historic Frauenthal Theater with live accompaniment, special guest speakers, informative presentations, a walking tour of the Bluffton Actors' Colony, memorabilia auction, Damfinos banquet and fun, fun, with friends and fellow Keaton fans! Please remember that Damfino discounts apply only to Damfinos in good standing at the time of registration. If you're bringing others from your household, we offer household memberships, so everyone can get in on the fun for a little less money. Not a Damfino yet? This year, we're offering special bundle pricing on memberships with your Convention admission!

Buster Keaton Convention 2015
Tentative Schedule
(subject to change)

As we get more information, we will update this schedule, so check back often!

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

9-10 a.m.
Lobby, Shoreline Inn, 750 Terrace Point Blvd.
Meet and Greet

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Muskegon Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (aka the Train Depot), 610 W Western Ave.
Reception, Registration & Announcements
Letter from Melissa Talmadge Cox

11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
On Your Own

1:15 p.m.
Meet in the lobby of the Shoreline

Programming - Alternative A

1:30-3 p.m.
Buster’s Ball Field (in Bluffton)
Baseball Game
(As things stand right now, we should be able to play on Buster’s Ball Field).

3-5 p.m.
(Leaving from Baseball Game)
Walking tour of Bluffton Actors’ Colony
Conducted by Muskegon historian Ron Pesch

Programming - Alternative B

1:30-5 p.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Keaton Medium Rare
Presented by Paul E. Geirucki
Rare Keaton television appearances and outtakes


3:00-4:00  p.m.
Buster Keaton Rides Again

4:10-5:00 p.m.
My Life with Buster 1941-1957
Harry Keaton

Stories about life with Buster on Victoria Ave and Woodland Hills.

5:00-8 p.m.
On Your Own

8-10:30 p.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.

“The Playhouse”
A video by Sophie McPike and friends

8:00-8:45 p.m.
The Railrodder: Full Circle
Binnie Brennan

“With the making of The Railrodder, Buster came full circle on his brilliant silent film career that had begun nearly fifty years earlier.”
Binnie Brennan’s reflections on Buster Keaton’s final silent movie will be followed by a screening of his first,

The Butcher Boy (1917)

(Special Thanks to David Shepard and Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films who are supplying a special print of The Butcher Boy for the occasion).

9:00-10:30 p.m.
Midwestern premiere of two new CineMuseum restorations:
The Bellboy (1918)
The Round-Up (1920)

Introduced by film historian and restorationist Paul E. Gierucki

Saturday, Oct. 3

9 a.m.-Noon
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.

9:15-10 a.m.
Adrian Brunel and the Unexpected Failure of His Collaboration with Buster Keaton
Presented by Stephen C. Shafer

The British film director, Adrian Brunel, directed what turned out to be arguably Buster Keaton's worst feature, the 1935 British film, The Invader (aka An Old Spanish Custom). With the success of his earlier films and with his strong reputation as a director, Brunel accordingly might have been expected to have had a reasonably good collaboration with Keaton. In addition to discussing Brunel and the cast & crew of the film, Shafer will assess the unexpected debacle of this artistically catastrophic work with Keaton.

10-10:40 a.m.
The Buster Keaton Research Papers, 11 - The Cameraman
Presented by David Macleod, with an introduction by his wife, Graceann

David's ongoing series of presentations about Keaton's feature films has reached The Cameraman -- Buster's first feature for MGM. How did he deal with the new working practices at the biggest film studio in the world? There's a look at the featured players -- some wonderful supporting comedians and an enigmatic leading lady. Also, we look at the fate of the film, one that to this day is missing some footage.


10:40-11 a.m.
The Invitation
A film by Ami & Espere Eckard-Lee

A young man. A bicycle. A train to catch. How hard can the journey be? A slapstick adventure in the style of a 1920s two-reeler.

Presented by David B. Pearson

A revisionary exploration of Buster Keaton's place in silent comedy using chalk, dice, playing cards, a coin, and a movie clip about a chess piece.

Noon-2 p.m.
On Your Own

2-5 p.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.

2-2:30 p.m.
In Praise of Older Buster
Presented by Chris Seguin

A short show & tell about how a first-time viewing of The Railrodder altered the entire trajectory of my life, setting a 10 year old Canadian schoolkid on the path to becoming he man he is today. Followed by a screening of Buster’s final TV appearance on the CBC game show “Flashback,” broadcast almost exactly 50 years ago in October 1965.

2:30-3:00 p.m.
CineMuseum’s new restoration of The Garage (1920)

Introduced by film historian and restorationist Paul E. Gierucki

3:15-4:15 pm
An Interview With
Bob & Minako Borgen
Moderated by James Curtis

Bob & Minako Borgen met Eleanor Keaton in 1974 became her close friends through the rest of her life. They will share memories of Eleanor, stories about Buster she passed on to them, and some extremely rare surprises. Do not miss!


4:30-5:15 p.m.

6-8 p.m.
Frauenthal Gallery, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave.

Banquet (included in your registration)

8-10:30 p.m.
Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave.

50th Anniversary Screening of The Railrodder (1965)

Battling Butler (1926)
Music by Dennis Scott

Theater Stage, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave.
The Speakeasy, including Costume Contest & Announcements

Parlor, Shoreline Inn, 750 Terrace Point Blvd.
Party Like It’s 1926!

To register for the convention: http://www.busterstuff.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=26&products_id=636

Prefer to register the old-fashioned way, via print? No Problem! Download our PDF form.

Muskegon’s Shoreline Inn is the official hotel of the 2015 Buster Keaton Convention. This Victorian-style tower presents a glorious view of the Muskegon coast. As our official hotel, the Shoreline offers a special group rate to convention attendees. When you register, be sure to tell them you are with the 
in order to get the special convention rate.
The deadline for getting the group rate is September 1, 2015.
To register: Call 231-727-8483 or go online at http://www.reservations.com/hotel/shoreline-inn-and-conference-center-an-ascend-collection-hotel?gclid=CIqYi9LsqMYCFQ4paQodZiIOOw

Got questions about the convention? 
Email us: convention@busterkeaton.com
See you in Muskegon!