Buster Keaton:
Celebrating 100 Years
of Laughter

The 24th Annual Buster Keaton Celebration

Sept 29-30, 2017, Iola, KS

Program for 2017 ---- Last Updated 9/25/2017

Admission $20 -- includes Fri and Sat. 
         Evening screenings are free
You can register online beginning at 7:00 am CDT on July 17, 2017, at


All activities are held at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, Kansas. 

(donations are very much appreciated

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Program subject to change.

All silent films will be accompanied by live music
Our musicians include Ben Model, Marvin Faulwell, and Jeff Rapsis

Friday, Sept 29, 2017, main auditorium, Bowlus Fine Arts Center

10:00 am   Buster Keaton Museum tour  -- Piqua, KS
                  Caravan departs from The Bowlus Fine Arts Center
                  or join us at the museum in Piqua, 7 miles west of Iola on US Highway 54.
                   Everybody  welcome.
                   Piqua (pronounced Pick--way) is the town of Buster's birth.
12:30 pm  Afternoon registration begins in the lobby of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center

1:00  pm    Program begins   
Welcome: Frank Scheide, Keaton Celebration Chair.

1:10  pm      Short film: THE BUTCHER BOY  (1917) w Arbuckle and Keaton. Buster's first film
1:40  pm      Short film: COPS (1922) 

2:05  pm      Panel Discussion: DAVID SHEPARD REMEMBERED

2:35  pm    Break

2:45  pm  
     Feature film:  THREE AGES  (1923)

3:55  pm          Presentation: RARE KEATON FILM CLIPS  
           Rob Arkus

4:25  pm      Short film: THE PLAYHOUSE  (1921)

    5:15  pm    Dinner  Break (Bolulus Center closed)

7:00  pm     Bowlus Auditorium Doors Open
7:30  pm   
   Short film: ONE WEEK  (1920)
8:00  pm       Short film: THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE  (2011)

8:20  pm     Intermission

8:30  pm       Feature film:  THECAMERAMAN  (1928)

9:42  pm       Final Comments and Good Night


     Saturday, Sept 30, 2017, main auditorium, Bowlus Fine Arts Center

8:30  am       Registration opens in the Bowlus Fine Arts Center Auditorium Lobby  ($20 Celebration fee Fri/Sat)

9:00  am    Program begins
9:20  am     Feature film: COLLEGE  (1927)       
10:33 am  Break   

10:45  am     Presentation: MEMORIES OF GRANDPA     

                            Melissa Talmadge Cox, Gra
nddaughter of Buster Keaton

11:15  am      Panel Discussion with Melissa Talmadge Cox (Granddaughter of Buster), Barbara Talmadge (Daughter-in-law of Buster),  and Harry Keaton  (Nephew of Buster)
                                          Hooman Mehran, moderator

11:45  am      Lunch Break  (Bowlus Closed)

1:00  pm     Bowlus reopens

1:30  pm       Program begins

1:35  pm       Presentation:   
Highlights from BLUE COLLAR BUSTER
A collection of  Buster Keaton rarities, beautifully restored by Paul Gierucki

2:15  pm    Short film:  THE BLACKSMITH (1922)  --alternate version B incorporating newly found footage.

2:40  pm    Panel Discussion with selected Keaton
Celebration Attendees.

3:10   pm      Break

3:20  pm       Short film:

3:50  pm     Feature film: TO BE FUNNY: 100 YEARS OF BUSTER KEATON (2017)
5:15 pm    Presentation:   CLASSIC CLIPS: Keaton clips from films not screened at this year's Celebration   
5:30 pm        Dinner Break (Bowlus Closed)

7:00  pm        Bowlus auditorium reopens.
7:30 pm       
  Program begins.

7:40  pm      
Feature film:   SPITE MARRIAGE (1929)

9:05  pm        Intermission                       

9:15 pm     
Clips   A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM  (1965)  --Highlights from Buster's filnal film. 

10:00 pm     Final Thoughts       

After Party following the Sat evening program. Everyone invited. No charge.
Location: Miller's on Madison, 415 W Madison,
6.5 blocks west of Bowlus diagonally across the intersection from McDonald's

Cash bar.

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[Keith Goering] (goeringk@cox.net)