Damfinos: The International Buster Keaton Society
Convention, Oct. 9-10, Muskegon, MI.



David Macleod is a continuity announcer for Channel 4 television in London. He is also the author of "Buster Keaton's Sound Films," which was published in 1995. In 1996, he co-founded the Blinking Buzzards, a London-based Keaton group that gets together four times a year to watch Keaton films. In addition, he has been a speaker at every Damfinos convention to date, as well as the past three Keaton Celebrations in Iola, Kansas.

Bruce Lawton is a New York-based film preservationist and writer, who has been involved with the restoration of Keaton's 1928 film "The Cameraman" (often considered his last great film--certainly the last one he had any real control over), as well as the 1941 Leslie Howard film, "Pimpernel Smith" -- among others. Recently, he has been doing research on the children's film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," from 1968, which starred Dick Van Dyke. He comes from a family of Hollywood cameramen -- both his grandfather and his great-grandfather were cameramen -- and his grandfather, Karl Malkames, was instrumental in establishing Eastman House in Rochester, NY, as one of the premiere resources for film history. Bruce is the video/laserdisc reviewer for The Keaton Chronicle.

Tracey Doyle is a nationally known consulting physician from Baltimore who has been interested in silent film most of her life. At the first Damfinos convention, in 1995, she gave a talk about a missing scene from Keaton's classic "The General" -- a scene she was able to reconstruct from still photographs. This year, she will be talking about the parallel structure in "The General" -- the fact that everything presented in the first half of the film has its mirror image in the second half.

David Pearson works for the University of New Orleans, and is one of the world's authorities on silent film comic Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton's mentor and best friend. Pearson has a website called Arbucklemania, which has won several website awards, and he recently contributed an essay for"Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr.," published this past year by Cambridge University Press.

Patricia Eliot Tobias works for The New York Times, where she is the film expert for "Books in Brief," a section of The New York Times Book Review, and for The Times' obituary department. She is the co- founder of The Damfinos: The International Buster Keaton Society and the editor of its quarterly journal. She has been a consultant for many television documentaries about film history, including two for A&E's Biography (Buster Keaton and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle), one for the Discovery Channel (Hollywood's Greatest Stunts), and an upcoming documentary for Canadian television. She is a contributing author for Leonard Maltin's Family Film Guide, due out the end of the year, and for the Corel All-Movie Guide CD-ROM. She will be discussing nightmares, dreams and death in Keaton films -- themes that are quite unusual for comedy films. No other comedian has used these themes as often as Keaton did.

Frank Scheide teaches at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and chairs the Keaton Celebration in Iola, Kansas (which will take place Sept. 25 & 26). One of his film students, Sarah Moore, is working with him to create a documentary about Keaton and the Actors' Colony in Muskegon.
Open to the public.

Scott Nankivel is a New York-based actor, who received rave reviews for his portrayal of Buster Keaton in the off-Broadway show "American Silents," which had a limited run last year. He is preparing a one- man show on Keaton, which he hopes to see produced off-Broadway in the near future. In addition to the research he has done on Keaton's life, he is an accomplished physical comedian and will demonstrate, Saturday afternoon at the Art Museum and Saturday night at the Frauenthal, some of Keaton's spectacular falls.
Open to the public.




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