Reception, 4-6 p.m.
At the Muskegon Train Depot
Introduction of special guests.
"Damfino What This Talk is About" by David Macleod,
co-founder of the
Blinking Buzzards, the London Keaton group.
Dinner, 6-8 p.m. -- On your own.
Friday Evening, 8-11 p.m.
At the Frauenthal, right across the street from the hotel
Rare Keaton on film, presented by film archivist Bruce Lawton.
Saturday Morning, 9 a.m.-12 noon
Muskegon Museum of Art
"Damfino the Answer: The Damfinos Quiz" by Rochelle
"His Career at the Rear: Buster Keaton in World War I," video
presentation by Martha Jett
Rare Keaton on video -- including the world premiere of Keaton's
rare 1923 short, SECOND AGE, which has never been shown in public
before.* *In 1923, Keaton made his first feature film, THREE AGES.
was reportedly nervous about making features instead of short films, so
he constructed this movie so it could be cut apart into three separate
shorts if it didn't go well as a feature. It was a big hit. Damfino
Dragga has separated the three segments into the shorts that might
been. This year, we're showing the Roman sequence.
LUNCH: 12-1:30 p.m. On your own.
Saturday Afternoon, Muskegon Museum of Art, 1:30-5:30 p.m.:
"30 Years of Fun With Buster Keaton," by George Wead
More Rare Keaton on Video.
3-5:30 p.m. Open to the Public
"Muskegon's Actors' Colony," a video presentation created
by Frank Scheide
"The House That Buster Built," by David Pearson.
The Damfinos Auction. Proceeds go to support The Damfinos. Auctioneer:
David Macleod. Rare Keaton memorabilia will be auctioned, including
David Pearson's ONE WEEK dollhouse.)
Saturday Dinner, Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 6-7:30 p.m.:
Our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin
pie -- the works.
Saturday Night, 8-10 p.m., the restored Frauenthal movie palace,
organ music by Clif Martin:
Saturday Late Night, 10 p.m.-the Wee Hours,
Holiday Inn Muskegon
.........damfino, with a nuptial twist
Martha Jett is the programming director for a nursing home in West
Virginia, and is the chair of this year's Damfinos convention. She is an
avid collector and has done extensive research on the Buford, the ship
Buster Keaton used as a set for The Navigator (1924).
Writer and film preservationist, Bruce is comes from a family of
Hollywood cameramen. He is the home entertainment reviewer for The
Author of The Sound of Buster Keaton, David is a continuity announcer
for Channel Four in London. He won't tell us what his topic is this
year. All he'll say is that he's based his presentation on something a
convention-goer said to him the first year ... but won't say who or
what. It'll be entertaining either way.
Silent film historian David Pearson has built a dollhouse based on the
house used in Keaton's first-released film, ONE WEEK (1921). He is
donating it to The Damfinos for auction. He is the creator of
Arbucklemania and its related websites, some of the most highly regarded
silent film sites on the Internet.
George Wead is one of the first and most important writers about Keaton.
Although his books were not well-distributed, his research and writing
have influenced dozens of Keaton scholars.