25th Annual Buster Keaton Film Festival October 5 in Muskegon, Michigan

Community News |Sep 23, 2019|2 min read

For 25 years, silent film and slapstick aficionados from around the world have been gathering in Muskegon, Michigan, to applaud the life and legacy of Buster Keaton, considered by many to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The International Buster Keaton Society returns to Muskegon for the 25th time Saturday October 5, 2019.


Acclaimed Chicago theater organist Dennis Scott once again will provide live accompaniment for two Keaton silent films at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Muskegon’s historic Frauenthal theater, 425 W Western Ave. The Saturday night open-to-the-public screening, a tradition since1995, is a way for the Keaton Society to give back to the community that Keaton loved and called “home.” This year audiences will see One Week (1920), Keaton’s first released independent short film, in which a newly married couple attempt to assemble a build-it-yourself house that has had the pieces mis-numbered, and The Cameraman (1928) the last major film made during the height of Keaton’s career, in which he plays the titular figure, who sets out to win over a local newsreel office secretary.


CONTACT: Ron Pesch, 231-759-7253, peschstats@comcast.net




The International Buster Keaton Society Inc. (aka the Damfinos) founded in 1992, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1992, its mission is to:

  • foster and perpetuate appreciation and understanding of the life, career, and films of comedian/filmmaker Buster Keaton;
  • advocate for historical accuracy about Keaton’s life and work;
  • encourage dissemination of information about Keaton;
  • endorse preservation and restoration of Keaton’s films and performances;
  • do all the above with a sense of humor that includes an ongoing awareness of the surreal and absurd joy with which Keaton made his