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25th Buster Keaton Convention

Muskegon Metro Area News

  For the 25th year, The International Buster Keaton Society’s will host their Buster Keaton Convention in Muskegon, Michigan, the summer home of Buster Keaton and his family in Bluffton / the Actors Colony, during many of their years on the Vaudeville circuit. Members of the society, who call themselves The Damfinos, will come to town from all over the world and participate in this three days event.

  For the regular fans, one of the main events is set on Oct 5, 2019 at 8PM -  the the showing of the double feature: One Week (1920) and The Camera Man (1928) at the Majestic Frauenthal Theater with LIVE organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott on the mighty Barton Organ. This event is open to public with tickets for $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

   ONE WEEK was the first film released from the Buster Keaton Studios. In it, Buster and his new bride receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift, but their week-long construction project goes from tough to absurdly impossible (or, absurd and impossible!) when a rejected suitor re-numbers all the packing crates. And for THE CAMERAMAN, it is the last great film made by Buster Keaton during the most prolific and brilliant stage of his career. In it, BUSTER plays a tintype cameraman whose love for a newsreel office secretary sends him into a clash on the high seas, a gang war in Chinatown, and battle for her heart.


Now for the Damfinos, the convention is actually a three day event. It begins at 8am Friday Oct 4th and last until Sunday. These events require registrations and consists of different presentations such as "Screening: Three-Dimensional Keaton" where 3D-Animator and lecturer at the Howest University, Digital Arts and Entertainment,put together an overview to illustrate how Buster still affects and inspires artists nowadays in their work and beyond. "Live Performance by  Buster Keaton's Great Granddaughter" where Keaton Talmadge present a hilarious and touching one woman cabaret about the ups and downs of motherhood. "Muskegon Points of Interest" where our local historian Ron Pesch will again be conducting his incredible walking tour of The Actor’s Colony at Bluffton, focusing on many of Buster’s childhood haunts! There are just a fraction of all that is going on in the convention, you will find all the info here http://www.busterkeaton.org/con-schedule