Buster Keaton Celebration 2007, Keaton and Fairbanks, Iola, KS, Sept. 26 and 27, 2008

16th Annual

Buster Keaton
& Will Rogers:

Two American Comic Heroes

Sept. 26 & 27, 2008
Bowlus Fine Arts Center

205 E. Madison, Iola, KS •

Sun sets over Bowlus Center and Iola, Kansas Will Rogers exhibitFans look over Rogers exhibit
Max attends Saturday evening movies Keith discusses events with Will Keith expounds Keith Goering in flat hat

Doug Watson as Will Rogers
Will Rogers 1 Will Rogers 2 Will Rogers 3 Doug Watson as Will Rogers
Will waxes political
Will spins his lariet

Cookie and Mary Doug Watson Huntleys talk with Amy John K. Andersons in the lobby
Steve comments Lunch discussion Steve with his cameras Steve -- the essence
Friday speakers' luncheon Amy with Watson family the Sweeneys Steven Gragert and Amy Specht

Susan Raines sets the rules Frank Scheide, celebration co-chair Frank Introducing evening performance of Will Rogers
Hooman Mehran Hooman announces death of Paul Newman to Saturday audience Bill Shaffer Bill Shaffer, Saturday evening Bill introduces Mickey's Gala Premiere
David Macleod does another brilliant topic introduction David Macleod Kevin Sweeney Kevin Sweeney 2
Lary May Lary May 2 Steven Gragert Steven Gragert 2 Steven Gragert introduces Will Rogers
Cynthia Miller Cynthia Miller 2 Graceann Macleod jail scene, Steamboat Bill Jr. trying on hats, Steamboat Bill Jr.
Lisa Stein announces student presenter Christina Cook congratulated by Lisa Stein Christina Cook 1 Christina Cook 2 Christina Cook 3

Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Brian Collins on clarinet Dawn Kramer on trumpet Mont Alto at Saturday evening performance David Short on cello Britt Swenson plays violin
Dawn, Brian, Britt on Saturday evening Rodney Sauer addresses audience David and his cello, Friday evening Rodney and Mont Alto videos

Fans continued...
Doug Watson and Amy Specht Fran, Jeni and Maggie Cookie David and his lovely Graceann
 John Hicks, young fan, with Bill Shaffer Mommio, Daddio and Maggie Three flat hats. Bill, Lisa and Keith are under them. Cherie's bag and t-shirt
Friedmans at Madison Avenue restaurant Steve explains what we are to sing Bill and Maggie help Steve with word cards Friedmans in action
Saturday evening sing at Bowlus 1 Saturday evening sing at Bowlus 2 Lisa Tatge in her flat hat Lisa does her Keaton persona
Saturday afternoon run-through 1 Saturday afternoon run-through 2 Saturday afternoon run-through 3
Jeni Rymer and Robert Arkus Frank Scheide Bill Shaffer with his Saturday evening lobby display Buster's youngest fan
Buster's youngest fan (so far) >>>

  • Robert Arkus, Film Historian
  • Christina Cook, Student Presenter, Washburn University
  • Steven Gragert, Director, Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Claremore, OK
  • David Macleod, Keaton historian and co-founder of the Blinking Buzzards Buster Keaton Apprciation Society in the United Kingdom
  • Lary May, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Hooman Mehran, Film historian and C0-editor of The Chaplin Review
  • Cynthia Miller, PhD, Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Susan Raines, Executive Directory of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola, KS
  • Frank Scheide, PhD, University of Arkansas
  • Bill Shaffer, Producer/Director, KTWU, Channel 11
  • Kevin Sweeney, PhD, University of Tampa
  • John Tibbetts, PhD, University of Kansas

Celebration Web Archives:
: "Keaton and WWI"
: "Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks"
: "Keaton and the Funny Ladies"
: "Keaton and W.C. Fields"
: "Keaton and Ernie Kovacs "
: "Keaton and Vaudeville"
: "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: 1993-1995

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.

Celebration photos ©2008 by Carol Yoho
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2008 Schedule:
The Iola web site

FRI., Sept. 26, 2008

Registration, 9:30 a.m., Bowlus Fine Arts Center
(There are no fees)

Beginning 9:50 a.m.
Susan Raines:
Welcome & Introductions
Emcee: Frank Scheide
Steven Gra
"Will Rogers: Oklahoma's Centennial Gift to America"
Q&A, 10 minutes
Kevin Sweeney:
"Keaton and Comedy"
Screening of Big Moments from Little Pictures, (1924) silent short starring Will Rogers

12:00 Noon, Lunch (on your own)

Resuming 1:30 p.m.
Screening of The Ropin' Fool, (1922) silent short starring Will Rogers
John Tibbetts: "Will Rogers: The 'Poet Lariat' of Cinema"
Robert Arkus: "Rare Keaton and Rogers Video: Screening of Seldom Seen Footage"
Q&A, 10 minutes
Screening of Uncensored Movies, (1923) silent short starring Will Rogers, & Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow, Part 1, (1987) Kevin Brownlow's documentary on Keaton

5:15 p.m., Dinner (on your own)

Friday Evening of Silent Cinema, 7:30 p.m.
Doug Watson stars live in a First Person Portrayal of Will Rogers
Short: Neighbors (1920) starring Buster Keaton
Feature: Doubling for Romeo (1921) starring Will Rogers
—films with live musical accompaniment by the
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

SAT., Sept. 27, 2008

8:30 a.m. Registration (There are no fees)

Beginning 9:00 a.m. 
Susan Raines : Welcome & Introductions
Emcee: Bill Shaffer
David Macleod: "Buster Keaton: Un-American Hero"
Q&A, 10 minutes
Doug Watson: "Will Rogers, Humorist (1879-1935)," a First Person Portrayal,
Kansas Humanities Council's History Alive Program
Frank Scheide: "Cherokee Philosophy as American Heritage: Will Rogers and the 'White Path'"

Q&A, 10 minutes

11:45 a.m., Lunch (on your own)

Resuming 1:00 p.m.:
Hooman Mehran:
Welcome & Introductions
Emcee: Hooman Mehran
Cynthia Miller:
"The Absurdity of Convention: The Parodies and Practicalities of Will Rogers's Humor"
Q&A, 10 minutes
Christina Cook: "The Human Mop and the Cherokee Kid: The Coming of Age of Two Heroic Funnymen"
Q&A, 10 minutes
Lary May: "My Ancestors Did Not Come Over on the Mayflower: Will Rogers and the Politics of Multi Cultural America"
Q&A, 10 minutes
Movie Intro & Cartoon
Screening of Steamboat 'Round the Bend, (1935) a Will Rogers sound

5:20 p.m., Dinner (on your own)

Saturday Evening of Screenings, 7:30 p.m.
Welcome and introductions
by Emcee Bill Shaffer
Short: Don't Park There
, (1924) starring Will Rogers
Steamboat Bill, Jr., (1928) starring Buster Keaton
With live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Keaton and Earnest Torrence Steamboat Bill Jr., storm starts Steamboat Bill Jr., after the storm Will Rogers exhibit Fans look over the Rogers display Max attends Saturday evening showings Keith discusses events will Will Keith Goering in flat hat

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