2013 Buster Keaton Convention

Convention Schedule:

FRIDAY, October 4, 2013


10:30-11:30 a.m

Pre-registration at the Shoreline
Noon -1:30 p.m. Registration at the Depot
2 p.m. Baseball Game at Buster’s Field
3:30 p.m. Walking Tour of Bluffton Actors’ Colony
5 p.m. Dinner Break:  On Your Own (Note: The Lake House restaurant next to the Shoreline will be serving perch. If you plan to go there, let us know so the restaurant isn’t overwhelmed.)
8-10 p.m.

Muskegon Museum of Art - Keaton Rarities (plus some surprises)


SATURDAY, October 5, 2013

9 a.m.

Muskegon Museum of Art
Keaton Quiz
Presentation -
David Macleod - "Buster Keaton's College"
Presentation -
Michael O’Hea - "It Ain’t Rocket Science: Buster’s Comedy in Light of Humour Theory"

Noon-2 p.m. Lunch Break
2 p.m. 

Muskegon Museum of Art
Presentation - Matt Phelan - Bluffton Book
Presentation - 
Susan Buhrman - Medicine Show Days
Films By
Grace Hill, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker
Q&A With the Keaton family — 
Barbara Talmadge, Melissa Talmadge Cox and Harry Keaton.
The Annual Damfinos Auction

5-6 p.m.

Getting Dolled Up For A Little Dinner and a Show

6 p.m.

The Gallery, Frauenthal
A Little Dinner

8 p.m.

The Frauenthal
And a Show, featuring Bart Williams,
And the films
The Iron Mule and Our Hospitality
Following the show, on the stage of the Frauenthal
The Speakeasy

After hours -

Shoreline Parlor

Party Like It’s 1926!


Events Subject to Change




Bart Williams:

Bart Williams began acting career at 11. Credits include (film) Bye, Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly! and Tunnelvision; (TV) General Hospital, America’s Funniest People, Weird Science, Mad TV, Stanley’s Smogless Steamer (as co-host) and Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld; (theater/stage) national and regional productions, USO tours, and title role in The Wizard of Oz at Radio City Music Hall. Bart has won two Drama-Logue Critic’s Awards. In New York, he re-created Classic Burlesque Comedy with Irving Benson for the documentary, The Last First Comic.

David Macleod:

David Macleod, Scottish born, has worked for Channel 4 Television in London for 20 years. Author of two books on Buster and editor of a third, he runs the UK Buster Keaton appreciation society, The Blinking Buzzards, which he founded in 1996. The society meets quarterly at – most appropriately – the Cinema Museum in Lambeth.

Barbara Talmadge:

Barbara Talmadge, a former championship tennis player, was the daughter-in-law of Buster Keaton and the mother of Melissa Talmadge Cox and her brothers. Barbara knew Buster and Eleanor well, and is a witty and delightful guest with many a fine tale to tell.

Harry "Jingles Jr." Keaton:

Harry "Jingles Jr." Keaton is the nephew of Buster Keaton and lived with the Keaton family from birth until his parents moved to Nevada during WWII. During the 1950s and 1960's, Harry worked for Buster as a driver and assistant, and spent many hours with Buster on various film sets, television studios and performance venues. Harry currently lives in Nevada and is dedicated to researching his Keaton family history and helping others to learn more about "Uncle Buster."

Melissa Talmadge Cox:

Melissa Talmadge Cox is not only Buster Keaton's granddaughter, but she is also a talented artist and a member of the board of director of the International Buster Keaton Society, Inc. She always surprises us with the way she generously shares her memories of "Grandpa Buster," and we are delighted to welcome her back.

Other guests and speakers to be announced.



Feature: Our Hospitality

Short: The Iron Mule (featuring several uncredited appearances by Buster)

Documentary: Making Comedy Beautiful

On the big screen at the Frauenthal Center, with live music by theater organist Dennis Scott.

Dennis Scott is president of the Chicagoland Theater Organ Society and the Silent Film Society of Chicago. In demand as a silent film organist, he began accompanying silent films in the 1970s, and has been staff organist at Chicago’s Music Box Theater, plus having performed at the Travoli Theatre Guild, the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee, for the Racine Theater Guild, and is a regular for the Sound of Silents Film Festival in Three Oaks, Michigan. Since 2000, he has been featured in the Silent Film Society of Chicago’s Silent Summer Film Festival. He recently recorded a CD with the West End Jazz Band of Chicago.