This October 5 and 6th, join Keaton enthusiasts from all over the globe as they unite in Buster’s home away from home, Muskegon, Michigan, to celebrate the centennial of one the greatest and most original entertainers the world has ever known! Spend two days experiencing rare screenings, informative and entertaining presentations on Buster’s career and private life and take a guided tour of the very streets Buster walked as a boy, complete with a softball game on the very field he once played on!
Special Presentations and Events:
- Confirmed speakers include Joanna Rapf, Gabriella Oldham, David Macleod, Chris Seguin and others to be announced.
- Featuring special interview with Kevin Brownlow live via Skype.
- Special Surprise Guest to be announced very soon!
- Ron Pesch will conduct a walking tour of Muskegon, focusing on many of Buster’s childhood haunts.
The Celebrated Keaton Auction
A longstanding tradition of our convention, the auction features an amazing assortment of goods. Past years have featured original artwork, rare posters, documents and publications, and even items owned by Buster himself!
Special Screenings of Three Ages and The Love Nest!
The International Buster Keaton Society celebrates the 101st anniversary of Buster’s debut in independent film feature production with Three Ages (1923) is considered by many to be one of Buster’s most interesting films in gag complexity, interweaving gag ideas through three different periods of time. Keaton’s “Love Through the Ages” is presented as a semi-parody of D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece Intolerance, made seven years before.
Also screening will be Keaton’s last starring short silent film romp on the high seas, The Love Nest, made only a few months previously to the Three Ages! Made 95 years ago, this short is a blistering funny knockabout comedy with some of the most energetic and wild slapstick ever captured on film!
Both films will be accompanied by internationally known silent film organist, Dennis Scott, on the Mighty Frauenthal Barton Theater Organ! Enjoy these classic as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen in a gloriously restored movie palace!
Roaring Twenties Banquet and Speakeasy
Each year, we put on our finest duds (from the 1920s) for a gala banquet prior to our screenings at the glorious Frauenthal theater. After the screenings, we take to the stage for a private celebration featuring music, fun, libation and frolic!
(Please Note: All presenters are confirmed at this time, but are subject to change due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts that may arise. Additional presenters are being added all the time.)