Buster Keaton Convention 2016
Tentative Schedule
(subject to change)
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016

8-9:30 a.m.
Muskegon Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (Train Depot)
610 W. Western Avenue
Registration, Reception and Announcements

10 a.m.-noon
Alternate Programming A
Buster’s Ball Field
Baseball Game
(Signed waiver required)

Alternate Programming B
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 West Webster Avenue
Rare Keaton

Noon-2 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

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

2-2:45 p.m.
The Buster Keaton Research Papers: Spite Marriage (1929)
This year, David reaches No.12 in his series of in-depth looks at Buster's independent feature films with 'Spite Marriage' -- Keaton's final silent feature. There'll be a look at the always-interesting cast of characters in the film and a look at its critical reception at the time.
Presented by David Macleod

2:45-3:30 p.m.
The Secret Silent Short Showdown
A critical general overview between various DVD sets of Buster Keaton's short films released by Metro (1920-1921) and First National (1921-1923), as well as the Arbuckle Comique shorts from Paramount (1917-1920). The DVD sets to be compared in this 35 title examination include the recent 2016 collection released by Lobster, the 2011 set from Kino-Lorber, among others.
Presented by David B. Pearson 

3:30-3:45 p.m. 
Break

3:45-4:30 p.m.
The Cottage Grove Story
A brief history of how Cottage Grove, Oregon, and Buster Keaton have intersected over the years, ever since Keaton filmed The General there in the summer of 1926.
Presented by Lloyd Williams

4:30-5 p.m.
TBA

5-8 p.m.
Dinner (on your own)

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

Rare Keaton
Including: “Merton of the Movies” — the “rushes” Buster Keaton created for his 1957 stage appearance. The only film Keaton had complete creative control over after 1928.
Presented by Paul E. Gierucki

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016
9-11 a.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 West Webster Avenue

9-9:45 a.m.
Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr.
What inspired Andrew Horton’s book, and how it came to be.
Presented by Andrew S. Horton

9:45-10 a.m.
Break

10-10:45 a.m.
Langdon and Keaton
Keaton has often been compared to Chaplin, Lloyd and his mentor Roscoe Arbuckle. But what about Langdon? In many ways, Keaton's character can be seen a mature, “adult” version of the childlike Langdon character.
Presented by Nick Ciccone

11 a.m.-Noon

Alternate Programming A
Baseball field parking
Walking Tour of Bluffton Actors’ Colony
Conducted by Muskegon historian Ron Pesch

Alternate Programming B
Location TBA
TBA

Noon-2 p.m.
Lunch on your own
 
2-5 p.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 West Webster Avenue

2-2:45 p.m.
Civil Wars
A comparison and contrast of the views of the American Civil War as seen in Harold Lloyd's Grandma's Boy and Buster Keaton's The General.
Presented by Annette Lloyd & Patricia Eliot Tobias

2:45-3 p.m.
Break

3-3:45 p.m.
World premiere of Buster Keaton’s Flannelfoot
A dramatic reading of a never published or produced screenplay treatment written by Buster Keaton.
Directed by Annette Lloyd

4-5:15 p.m.
Auction
Auctioneer: David Macleod

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

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

Character Studies
The Goat
The Bell Boy

Music by Dennis Scott

Intermission

The Garage
The Play House

Music by Dennis Scott

10:30 p.m.- Midnight
Theater Stage
Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
425 W. Western Avenue
The Speakeasy

Midnight-??
Parlor at the Shoreline Inn
750 Terrace Point Blvd.
Party like it’s 1926!

Events Subject to Change