- Robert Arkus, Film Historian
- Tracey Doyle, Keaton & Fairbanks Historian and Author
- Martha Jett, Keaton Historian, Documentary Filmmaker & Author
- Fred Krebs, Professor of History, Johnson Co. Community College
- David Macleod, Keaton historian, author, and co-founder of the Blinking Buzzards Buster Keaton Apprciation Society in the United Kingdom
- Hooman Mehran, Film historian and C0-editor of The Chaplin Revue
- Thomas Prasch, PhD, Washburn University
- Frank Scheide, PhD, University of Arkansas
- Bill Shaffer, Producer/director, KTWU, Channel 11
- John Tibbetts, PhD, University of Kansas
- Jim Welsh, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Salisbury University
Iola is located in Southeastern Kansas,
110 miles South of Kansas City,
110 miles East of Wichita and
120 miles North of Tulsa.
Celebration Web Archives:
2008: "Keaton and Will Rogers"
2006: "Keaton and Funny Ladies "
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
Visit Iola's official Keaton Celebration site.
Visit the Buster Keaton Museum, Piqua, Kansas
Visit International Buster Keaton Society.
This event is 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 Februaary in Topeka, KS.
PhotoS & collage ©2007 by Carol Yoho
Silent motion pictures and shorts
throughout the celebration
Featuring live musical accompaniment by
The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
and piano accompaniment by
FRI., Sept. 28, 2007
Registration 9:30 a.m. (there are no fees)
Beginning 9:50 a.m.
Frank Scheide: Welcome, Intros & Opening remarks
Jim Welsh: "American Icons of Energy and Optimism: Fairbanks & Keaton in the Shadow of T.R. "
Screening of The Frozen North (1916) with Buster Keaton
Tracey Doyle: "Why Douglas Smiled and Buster Did Not ”
Panel Discussion/Q&A with Jim Welsh and Tracey Doyle, moderated by Frank Scheide
12:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
Resuming 1:30 p.m.
Martha Jett: Welcom and Introductions
Fred Krebs: "Men in the Arena: Keaton & Fairbanks"
Hooman Mehran: "Physically Unfit: 'Snitz' Edwards as Counterpoint in the Films of Keaton & Fairbanks"
Panel Discussion/Q&A with Fred Krebs and Hooman Mehran, moderated by John Tibbetts
Screening of The Awakening, (1954) Douglas Fairbanks Jr. TV show featuring Buster Keaton. Plus rare Teddy Roosevelt film footage courtesy of Robert Arkus.
5:00 Dinner (on your own)
Friday Evening of Silent Cinema, 7:30 p.m.
Welcome and Introducions by Bill Shaffer
Short: Character Studies (1927) Carter DeHaven, with assorted cameo appearances
Short: The Love Nest (1923) starring Buster Keaton
Feature:The Black Pirate (1926) starring Douglas Fairbanks; in Technicolor!
With live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra<
SAT., Sept. 29, 2007
8:30 a.m. Registration (there are no fees)
Beginning 9:00 a.m.
Bill Shaffer: Welcome & Introductions
David Macleod:"Buster and Doug "
John Tibbetts: "The Choreography of Hope: The Contemporary Satires of Douglas Fiarbanks Jr."
Panel Discussion/Q&A with David Macleod and John Tibbetts, moderated by Frank Scheide
Screening of Mooching Through Georgia (1939), Keaton sound short
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
Resuming 1:00 p.m.:
Hooman Mehran: Welcome & Introductions
Robert Arkus: "Rescued from the Cutting Room Floor: Rare Outakes from Keaton & Fairbanks"
Q&A with Robert Arkus
Thomas Prasch: "Teddy Roosevelt's Philosophy of the Desirability of the Physically Strenuous Life"
Humanists Panel with Jim Welsh, Tracey Doyle, John Tibbetts, and Thomas Prasch, moderated by Frank Scheide
Screening of Down to Earth, (1917) a Douglas Fairbanks feature
5:00 Dinner (on your own)
Saturday Evening of Silent Cinema, 7:30 p.m.
World Premiere: A Modern Musketeer, (1917) restored Douglas Fairbanks feature
—Our grateful thanks to David Shepard, Thomas Christensen and the Danish Film Archive, Serge Bromberg and Lobster Films, Peter Williamson and the Museum of Modern Art, Jeffrey Vance, Bill Shaffer, and John Tibbetts for making this premiere screening possible.
Feature: The Saphead, (1920) starring Buster Keaton
With live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra