Coming: 26th Buster Keaton Commemoration
— Note postponement to 2021, due to COVID-19 —

Keaton & Kelly, Gotta Dance

The Keaton Commemoration
is returning to Bowlus Arts Center, Iola, KS.
Thurs., Fri. & Sat., Sept. 23-25, 2021

Focus will be on Buster Keaton and Gene Kelly
Both men made movies at MGM Studio in the 1940s.

Special Guests: Patricia Ward Kelly, wife of Gene Kelly, & Harry Keaton, grandson of Buster Keaton

Watch this space for Program details: movies to be shown, and special events & speakers.
Details will be shared here as they become available.

 

Event Archives:

Pausing, with "Goodbye" in Iola...
Extensive 2017 Iola Event Wrap-up,
interviews with 2017 participants
by Carrie Pomeroy
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2017 Iola Wrap-up Photos
— link to 148 images from the 2017 event —
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Wrap-up Summary of 2017 Iola Keaton Celebration

by musician/blogger Jeff Rapsis.


Soundcloud podcast of an interview Studs Terkel had with Buster Keaton, about 37 minutes in length, recorded in 1962.
You can watch & listen online on YouTube.


Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast!
   Iola's Keaton Celebration board member Keith Goering found this podcast online between comedian Gilbert Gottfried and his cohost, Frank Santopadre, speaking with actor James Karen, a great friend of Buster Keaton and an honored guest multiple times at Iola's Keaton Celebration. On the podcast they talk at length about Buster, and a great many other things. Toward the end, about 1 hr 26 min into the talk, they mention the Buster award, along with Iola. The podcast lasts over an hour and a half. You can listen online or download it.


50th anniversary of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola, KS, site of the annual Keaton Celebration. [Created by Keaton Celebration board member Keith Goering / 8 min..]


Video from Buster Keaton's Last Birthday (Oct. 1965, 70th), from American Masters


Fabulous Keaton Montage on youTube, compiling over 7 minutes of magic Keaton moments. Watch!


READ MORE ABOUT BUSTER KEATON

Against the Grain: Buster Keaton savored his Oklahoma ties
-- by William F. O'Brien, Special to EdmondSun, 8-13-2013


Harvard grads come to Kansas to film Old West thriller: Movie about infamous Bender family to begin shooting in July
-- by Jan Biles, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-30-2013


NPR's Bob Mondello recommends Kino's "Buster Keaton: The Ultimate Collection." Read and/or listen to Bob's comments online. 1/24/2013


Fred KrebsFred Krebs was an original member of the Keaton Celebration Committee. Fred shared years of Keaton Celebration memories onstage at 20th Annual Keaton Celebration in Iola in September, 2012. Fred passed away December 28, 2012, at the age of 66.
He will be fondly remembered. 1/28/2012
• Krebs obituary


American Public Media (playable with Real Player)
weekendamerica.org Looking for Buster
Broadcast Date: October 8, 2005
What do New York filmmaker Woody Allen and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan have in common?
They've borrowed 80-year-old comedy gags from Buster Keaton, an actor, director and writer
who would have been 110 years old this week.
Producer and Keaton fan Yolanda Perdomo traveled to a Keaton convention in Iola, Kansas,
to experience all things Keaton with one of his youngest fans, her three-year-old son.
See also:

Also from the APM site, usable with Real Player, Buster Keaton movie videos

The Paleface (1921)
Daydreams (1921)
The Playhouse (1921)
The Blacksmith (1922)


Columbia University transcriptions and audio files of Keaton talking about his career:
Interview: Buster Keaton on Comedy and Making Movies
— These files seem to have been blocked from public viewing, but links remain -- in case they ever return
Session One  — Buster Keaton's Vaudeville Childhood
Session Two  — "Fatty" Arbuckle Puts Buster Keaton in the Movies
Session Three  — Buster Keaton on Making Movies
Session Four  — Buster Keaton on the End of Silent Films
Listen to the interviews, then take the Quiz.


Crum on Show Biz: Worth 1,000 Words, Buster Keaton & his boys

Hear Buster play ukulele at a Hollywood party—excerpts from a tape once owned by his widow, Eleanor Keaton: NPR Lost & Found Sound: The Sounds of Silents

Quotes by Buster and about Buster @ Wikiquote
About the passing of Buster's son, James Talmadge


Buster Keaton was almost literally "born in a trunk."
His parents had stopped in Piqua, Kansas in early October, 1895 while
performing with a traveling medicine show. Myra Keaton missed playing the saxophone at
the October 4th performance when Buster arrived,
delivered in a boarding house just across the street from the site of the evening performance.
Young Keaton began appearing on stage with his parents at a tender age,
became a child vaudeville star on Broadway, and earned a reputation as a comic genius
in the world at large with a body of classic silent film comedy.
He died in California in 1966.


In 1993, the city of Iola, Kansas, seven miles east of Piqua,
decided that it was time to start celebrating
the life of their Kansas native son with an annual Buster Keaton Celebration.

All celebrations 1993-2017 were hosted by the Bowlus Fine Arts Center of Iola.
These celebrations included insights into Buster's work by such notibles as
Eleanor Keaton
, David Shepard, Steve Allen, Kevin Brownlow and Leonard Maltin. These and other Keaton experts have mixed with fans in this pleasant,
small-town atmosphere. Celebrations occurred on the last weekend of September, when we celebrated the life of Buster Keaton with film, lecture, music and sharing.

All 1993-2017 events were funded, in part, by the Kansas Humanities Council
with help from the Iola Tourism Fund and private donations


Whereas the first 3 Iola celebrations were not recorded, below is a record of the Iola celebrations since 1996.

Keaton Celebration Archive:
2019: no event
2018: Buster Keaton & W.C. Fields / Keaton in K.C. (available if you log in on Facebook)
2017:
Buster Keaton:Celebrating 100 Years of Laughter
2016:
Keaton & the Wild West
2015:
Keaton & the Marx Brothers
2014:
no event
2013:
Keaton, Chaplin and the Fabulous Fifties
2012:
The Timeless Comedy of Buster Keaton
2011:
Keaton & The Kansas Filmmakers
2010: Keaton & The Sad Clowns
2009: Keaton & World War I
2008: Keaton & Will Rogers
2007:
Keaton & Douglas Fairbanks
2006:
Keaton & the Funny Ladies
2005:
Keaton & W.C. Fields
2004:
Keaton & Kovacs
2003:
Keaton Vaudeville
2002
: 10th Anniversary Celebration
2001: 2001, a Keaton Odyssey
2000: Keaton & Laurel & Hardy
1999: Keaton & Lloyd
1998: Keaton & Pickford
1997: Keaton & Chaplin
1996: Keaton & Arbuckle
Speakers List: 1993-1995


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