Keaton Overview

Guests and schedule subject to change if circumstances warrant.


7:00—Added Attraction:  Bender (2016)

This film is based on the true story of the "Bloody Benders", America's first family of serial killers who ran a general store 50 miles south of Iola.  The film stars long-time friend of the Buster Keaton Celebration, James Karen.  This is a FREE event.

Click here to view a movie trailer.



10:00—Traditional Buster Keaton Museum Tour - Piqua, Kansas

12:30—Afternoon Registration Begins

           (Admission Fee $20; includes Fri./Sat.)

1:00—Welcome and Introductions

           Frank Scheide, Keaton Committee Chair

1:10—Short: The Butcher Boy (1917)

           Introduction by Frank Scheide, Music by Jeff Rapsis

1:40—Short: Cops (1922)

           Introduction by Amy Specht, Music by Marvin Faulwell

2:05—David Shepard Remembered

           Panel Discussion: Scott Eyman, Lisa Haven, Hooman Mehran & Bill Shafer

2:35—Break (10 minutes)

2:45—Feature: Three Ages (1923)

           Introduction by Hooman Mehran, Music by Ben Model

3:55—Rare Keaton Clips

           Presented by Rob Arkus

4:25—Short: The Playhouse (1921)

           Introduction by Rob Arkus, Music by Jeff Rapsis

5:15—Dinner Break (Bowlus Closed)


7:00—Evening Registration Begins

           (Free Admission)

7:30—Short: One Week (1920)

           Introduction by Keith Goering, Music by Marvin Faulwell

8:00—Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of  Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)

           Introduction by Bruce Symes

8:20—Break (10 minutes)

8:30—Feature: The Cameraman (1928)

           Introduction by Lisa Haven, Music by Jeff Rapsis



8:30—Morning Registration Begins

           (Admission Fee $20; includes Fri./Sat.)

9:00—Welcome and Introductions

           Lisa Haven, Keaton Committee

9:20—Feature: College (1927)

           Introduction by Melissa Talmadge Cox, Music by Marvin Faulwell

10:35—Break (10 minutes)

10:45—Memories of Grandpa

           Presented by Melissa Talmadge Cox

11:15—Panel Discussion with Keaton Family Members

           Melissa Talmadge Cox, Barbara Talmadge & Harry Keaton, Moderated by Hooman Mehran

11:45—Lunch Break


1:00—Afternoon Registration Begins

           (Admission Fee $20; includes Fri./Sat.)

1:30—Welcome and Introductions

           Hooman Mehran, Keaton Committee

1:35—Highlights from Blue Collar Buster

           Presented by Paul Gierucki

2:15—Short: The  Blacksmith (1922) (Alternate Version B)

           Introduction by Susan Raines, Music by Ben Model

2:40—Panel Discussion with Long Time Keaton Celebration Attendees

         Guest Panelists "To be Announced", Moderated by Bruce Symes

3:10—Break (10 minutes)

3:20—Short: The  Railrodder (1965)

           Introduction by Bill Shaffer

3:50—Feature: To Be Funny:  100 Years of Buster Keaton (2017)

           A new Keaton documentary, Introduction by Frank Scheide

5:15—Classic Clips

          Presented by Frank Scheide

5:30—Dinner Break (Bowlus Closed)


7:00—Evening Registration Begins

           (Free Admission)

7:30—Welcome and Announcements

7:40—Clips: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

           Introduction by Frank Scheide

8:25—Break (10 minutes)

8:35—Feature: Spite Marriage (1929)   

           Introduction by John Tibbetts, Music by Ben Model


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