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As we get more information, we will update this schedule, so check back often!

Pre-registration will be available during the day on Wednesday, October 1, at the Shoreline Inn, 750 Terrace Point Blvd. for anyone arriving early.


7:30-8:30 a.m.
Shoreline Inn Breakfast Room, 750 Terrace Point Blvd.
Breakfast Mixer & Registration

8:30 a.m.
Gather in the lobby of the hotel to coordinate rides to our next venue

9 a.m.
Harbor Cinema, 1937 Lakeshore Dr.
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!
Greetings & Announcements
Additional Registration

9:30 a.m.
A View From Down Under: Buster and Jake
Presented by Peter Zawacki
A technical and historical review of Buster Keaton’s The Navigator, featuring a perspective on the diving equipment used in the filming of the movie, the underwater scenes and Buster’s unique skills in diving the equipment.

10:15 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m.
Writing about Buster: One Author’s Journey From Fact to Fiction
Presented by Binnie Brennan
“It was never my intention to write about a real-life character. I’m a fiction writer, and the people I’ve written about have always come from my own head. I made them up. Then along came Buster.” Author Binnie Brennan talks about and reads from her Keaton-inspired, vaudeville-era novel, Like Any Other Monday.

11:15 a.m.
Incongrous Buster
Presented by Michael O’Hea
Or “Why We Laugh at His Antics." Dr. O’Hea will explore what makes people laugh at Buster Keaton.

Noon
Lunch
On Your Own

ALTERNATE PROGRAMMING: A Choice for the Keaton Fan
This year, the Damfino Convention offers two simultanious, but very different choices for those who love Buster Keaton:

CHOICE A: Baseball and Bluffon
Make sure you have a ride to Bluffton if you are planning to play ball and/or go on the walking tour. If you haven't been to Bluffton before, we strongly encourage you choose this programming path.

2-3:30 p.m.
Buster’s Ball Field, Bluffton
“Play Ball”
A two-inning baseball game to be played on Buster’s childhood ball field. All Damfinos are welcome to join in.

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Leaving From Ball Field
Walking Tour of Actors’ Colony
Lead by Ron Pesch
If you are a first-timer, the ballgame and walking tour are a must, especially because the ball field is endangered and this may be your only chance to step foot on that hallowed ground.

CHOICE B: Talking and Watching
For those of you who have done the ballgame & walking tour before, or who have physical limitations that might keep you from those activities, we have set up alternate programming this year.

2-5:30 p.m.
Harbor Cinema, 1937 Lakeshore Dr.
“My Buster Moment”
Damfinos will take no more than 10 minutes each to share a special Keaton moment. Your story might be how you got introduced to Buster, your feelings at your first convention, an anecdote about a Buster buddy, a special Keaton memorabilia find, or whatever. Come prepared to share your story.

The Buster Keaton Show
We will be showing two episodes of The Buster Keaton Show, including the only surviving episode from his first season, which was filmed live before a studio audience. If there’s time, we will show another episode.

6:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Make sure you have a ride!
Banquet #1 (included in your registration fee)

8 p.m.
Harbor Cinema, 1937 Lakeshore Dr.
Open only to convention registrants
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!

Harbor Cinema’s History
Presented by Dan Taylor of the Harbor Cinema

The Blacksmith
Screening of the recently discovered alternate version of The Blacksmith. We are grateful to Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films in Paris for allowing us to screen this exciting discovery.

That Dud: The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of Buster Keaton's The Blacksmith
Presented by Nico Ciccone
Recent discoveries for The Blacksmith have made historians rethink the Keaton production timeline, and it's up to this presentation to explain why!

Rare (Very Rare) Keaton For Your Delectation and Enjoyment
Presented by Paul E. Gierucki
Rare Keaton on video



7:30 a.m.
Shoreline Breakfast Room, 610 W Western Ave.
Breakfast Mixer & Registration

8:30 a.m.
Gather in the lobby of the hotel to coordinate rides to our next venue

9 a.m.
Convention & Visitors Bureau/The Train Depot, 610 Western Ave.
Reception & Announcements & Special Surprises

10 a.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!

Surprises & More

10:30 a.m.
The Buster Keaton Research Papers: Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Presented by David Macleod
Some context on Buster's first feature of 1928 and his final independent film. Who is in it, how it was made, the critical response at the time and the clips that drove a Damfino to distraction!

11:15 a.m.
Adventures in Keaton Research
Presented by Lisle Foote
You never know what you'll find when you start researching Buster Keaton. Lisle Foote will discuss some of the biggest surprises she has come across while writing for  The Keaton Chronicle and her forthcoming book, Buster Keaton's Crew.

Noon
Lunch
On Your Own

2 p.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!

2:15 p.m.
Buster Keaton & the Common Man
Presented by George Wead
A look at the working stiffs who appear in Keaton’s movies unheralded. Here they will be heralded and praised.

3:15 p.m.
Making Comedy Beautiful: Our Hospitality and the Birth of Buster Keaton's Features
A 26-minute featurette on Keaton's transition to feature films in general and Our Hospitality specifically. It is written by Damfinos President Patricia Eliot Tobias with David B. Pearson, Produced by Bret Wood, and features off-screen narration from Courtney Patterson.

3:45 p.m.
Break

4 p.m.
The Navigator

5 p.m.
Back to the hotel to get ready for dinner

5:45 p.m.
Dinner
On Your Own… However:
A group of Damfinos will partake of a perch dinner at the Lake House Restaurant next to the Shoreline Inn. This dinner is not included in your registration fee, so if you wish to participate, you will need to let one of the convention co-chairs know in advance so they can reserve a place for you.

8 p.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!

Ain’t A-Paintin’
Presented by Bryce Thurston
A two-reel comedy starring Natalie Bryce Thurston, age 3, in her movie debut, and her real/reel-life father Bryce Thurston. Comedy ensues when a father-daughter painting crew goes out on a job together.

Oh Buster Where Art Thou?
Presented by Nicolette Olivier
Renaissance man Buster Keaton left an indelible mark on film history with his incredible feats of danger and comedy. Filmmaker Nicolette Olivier crossed the country collecting stories from Buster’s friends, family, experts and fans in search of the man behind the pratfall in the documentary Oh Buster, Where Art Thou?.


9 a.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!

9:15 a.m.
Graphic Buster: Buster Displayed as a Work of Art
Presented by Georgette Mattel
We've seen the posters advertising Buster's films so many times, yet even if for the same film, they look so different. Why? This presentation will cover a brief history of graphic design, concentrating on the visual traditions in both Europe and America, thus showing why a poster of The General for American audiences is so different from its European counterpart.

10 a.m.
Ladies’ Choice: Buster, Harold & Those Lovely Leading Ladies
Presented by Annette Lloyd & Patricia Eliot Tobias
Harold Lloyd expert Annette Lloyd (no relation) and Damfinos President Patricia Eliot Tobias will jointly explore how Harold and Buster related to the women in their onscreen lives.

11 a.m.
Break

11:15 a.m.
Cooking With Roscoe Arbuckle
Presented by David B. Pearson
David B. Pearson will sleuth for 45 minutes over a three-second Comique gag it took him three years to work out, just to resolve a lingering issue that’s bothered him for decades.

Noon
Lunch
On Your Own

2 p.m.
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!

2:15 p.m.
Hollywood’s Silent Echoes
Presented by John Bengtson
Author John Bengtson will take us on a long-distance tour of Keaton locations.

3 p.m.
Break
Examine auction items

3:15 p.m.
The Annual Auction
Moderated by David Macleod. All sorts of rarities in all sorts of price ranges. Come and be amazed.

4:30 p.m.
Back to hotel for get ready for dinner.
Now’s the time to put on your fancy duds for the Speakeasy.
Don’t forget your movie tickets!

6 p.m.
Frauenthal Gallery, 425 W Western Ave.
Banquet #2 (included in your registration fee)

7:30 p.m.
Frauenthal Center For the Perfoming Arts, 425 W Western Ave.
Merchandise sale & book signing in the lobby before the show, during intermission, and after the show.

8 p.m.
Frauenthal Center For the Perfoming Arts, 425 W Western Ave.
Happy Anniversary, Damfinos!
The Boat and Steamboat Bill, Jr.
With live organ music by Dennis Scott

10 p.m.
Stage of the Frauenthal
Speakeasy

Midnight-??
Shoreline Parlor, 750 Terrace Point Blvd.
Party Like It’s 1926!


 
We all return home.

If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives,
it makes us feel as though our hard work
ain’t been in vain for nothin’.

See You in October!