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!

Featuring Gerald Potterton!

Gerald Potterton (born 8 March 1931) is a British–Canadian director, producer and animator. He is best known for directing the cult classic Heavy Metaland his animation work on Yellow Submarine. Potterton has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: as director on the National Film Board of Canada animated shorts My Financial Career and Christmas Cracker, and as producer for The Selfish Giant. In 1965, he wrote and directed The Railrodder, which many consider to be Buster Keaton's last great film. The 24-minute silent short, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, takes Buster across Canada on a small speeder rail car. For his work on this film, Potterton received the Buster Award in in 2002.

Buster Keaton Convention 2015
Tentative Schedule
(subject to change)

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

If you arrive early, you can pre-register Thursday evening, October 1, 2015, in the lobby of the Shoreline Inn, 750 Terrace Point Blvd.

 

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

9-10 a.m.
Lobby, Shoreline Inn, 750 Terrace Point Blvd.
Registration

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

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

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

1:30-3 p.m.
Buster’s Ball Field*
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

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

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Harry Keaton (Buster’s nephew)

2:15 p.m.-3 p.m.
Keaton Rarities (TBA)

BREAK

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Keaton Rarities (TBA)

5-8 p.m.
Dinner
On Your Own

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

8-9:15 p.m.
Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965)
Introduced by Gerald Potterton

9:15-10:30 p.m.
Keaton Rarities
Presented by Paul E. Gierucki

 

Saturday, Oct. 3

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

9:15-10 a.m.
Presented by Stephen C. Shafer

10-10:40 a.m.
Analysis of The Cameraman
Presented by David Macleod

BREAK

10:40-11 a.m.
The Invitation
A Keaton-inspired film
Presented by Ami & Esperé Eckard-Lee

11:15 a.m. – noon
“Filler”
Presented by David B. Pearson
TBA

Noon-2 p.m.
Lunch
On Your Own

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

2-3 p.m.
An Interview With
Bob & Minako Borgen
Moderated by James Curtis

BREAK

3:15-4:15 p.m.
An Interview With
Gerald Potterton
Moderated by David Macleod

4:30-5:15 p.m.
Auction

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)
Introduced by Gerald Potterton

The Cameraman (1928)
Music by Dennis Scott

10:30-Midnight
Theater Stage, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave.
The Speakeasy, including Costume Contest, Photo Op & Announcements

Midnight-?
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 
BUSTER KEATON GROUP
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!