[title] Buster Keaton Celebration 2006, Iola, KS

Sept. 29 & 30, 2006
Bowlus Fine Arts Center

205 E. Madison, Iola, KS •

Silent motion pictures and shorts
throughout the celebration

Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Featuring live musical accompaniment by
The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

2006 Schedule:

FRI., Sept. 29, 2006

Registration 9:30 a.m.
(there are no fees) Beginning 10:00 a.m.
Frank Scheide:
Welcome & Opening remarks
David Macleod: "Where's Buster #1?"
Kendra Lisum:
"Mabel Normand ”
Panel Discussion/Q&A
moderated by Hooman Mehran

12:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

Resuming 1:30 p.m.
David Macleod:"Where's Buster #2?"
Steve Massa: "Neglected Funny Ladies of Film Comedy: Alice Howell, Gale Henry, and Fay Tincher"
Lisa K. Stein:
"A Compromising Situation: Marion Davies, Comedy, and the Dual Role"
Panel Discussion/Q&A moderated by John Tibbetts
Screening of Mickey, classic Mabel Normand feature with live musical accompaniment

Friday Evening of Silent Cinema, 7:30 p.m.
Short: The Balloonatic (1918) starring Buster Keaton and Phyllis Haver .
Feature: Battle of the Sexes (1928) starring Phyllis Haver and Jean Hersholt, directed by D.W. Griffth
with live musical accompaniment by the
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

SAT., Sept. 30, 20068:30 a.m. Registration (there are no fees)Beginning 9:00 a.m. 
Martha Jett: Welcome & Opening remarks
David Macleod:"Where's Buster #3?"
Carmaletta Williams: "Jackie 'Moms' Mabley"
John Tibbetts: "ZaSu Pitts"
Panel Discussion/Q&A moderated by Frank Scheide
of The Pest from the West, one of Buster's best talkie shorts

12:00 Lunch (on your own)

Resuming 1:00 p.m. :
Bill Shaffer:
Welcome & Introductions
Robert Arkus:
"Buster Keaton and Funny Ladies"
Screening of The Medicine Man, 1950s TV pilot
Screening of The Return of the General + surprises

Saturday Evening of Silent Cinema, 7:30 p.m.
Hearts and Flowers starring Louise Fazenda, Phyllis Haver & Ford Sterling. This 1919 film was written by Mack Sennett and directed by Edward Cline
Men O' War, Laurel and Hardy star in this 1929 sound short with co-star Anne Cornwall, who is also Buster's leading lady in College
College, starring Buster Keaton
with live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Celebration Web Archives:
2007: "Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks"
2005: "Keaton and W.C. Fields"
2004: "Keaton and Ernie Kovacs "
2003: "Keaton and Vaudeville"
2002: "10th Anniversary Celebration"
2001: "2001, a Keaton Odyssey"
2000: "Keaton and Laurel & Hardy"
1999: "Keaton and Lloyd"
1998: "Keaton and Pickford"
1997: "Keaton and Chaplin"
1996: "Keaton and Arbuckle"
Speakers Lists 1993-95

Keaton was born near Iola, KS at Piqua in 1895 Official Keaton Celebration web site
Visit the Buster Keaton Museum, Piqua, Kansas.
Also, visit the International Buster Keaton Society. .
Funded by the Kansas Humanities Council,
with help from the Iola Tourism Fund
and private donors.
Sponsored by the Keaton Celebration Committee in cooperation with the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

Check the Kansas Silent Film Festival web site. This free event is held each Feb. in, Topeka, KS.

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14th Annual

“Buster Keaton and the
  Funny Ladies”

2006 Speakers:
David Macleod
David Macleod

Robert Arkus Kendra Lisum
Robert Arkus

Kendra Lisum

Martha Jett John Tibbetts
Martha Jett

John Tibbetts

Bill Shaffer & Carmaletta Williams

Bill Shaffer & Carmaletta Williams

Photos above are by Hooman Mehran

Visit photographer Steven Friedman's web site
for 1800 thumbnail links to photos from this event!

  • Robert Arkus, Film historian and Archivist
  • Martha Jett, Keaton biographer and Film historian
  • Kendra Lisum, Student of film
  • David Macleod, Keaton historian and Founder of the Blinking Buzzards, a Buster Keaton Society in the United Kingdom
  • Steve Massa, Film historian and Author
  • Hooman Mehran, Internationally recognized Film historian and Author
  • Frank Scheide, University of Arkansas
  • Bill Shaffer, Producer/director, KTWU, Channel 11
  • Lisa K. Stein, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of English Language & Literature, Ohio University
  • John Tibbetts, PhD, Professor of Film, University of Kansas
  • Carmaletta Williams, PhD, Johnson County Community College

    College, starring Buster KeatonRowing crew, College, starring Buster Keaton




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