A member of
the Damfino's, the International Buster Keaton Society, and the Charlie
Chaplin Film Company, I fell in love with movies when I was six. Since
then, I've viewed more than 13,800 features.
John K. Kelso
Motion Picture Archivist - Historian - Consultant
P.O. Box 8781
Wichita, Kansas 67208-0781
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I've met such celebrities as Mrs. Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks,
Jr., Leonard Maltin, James Karen, Kenneth Mars, and Dan Kamin. Film historians
I have met are Russell Merritt, Bruce Lawton, David Shepard, and Wichita
film notable, J.B. Kaufman.
My special interest is the film period 1888-1935. D.W. Griffith's
Birth of a Nation (1915) is my favorite film, and I believe that Griffith
is the finest director in film history. His Intolerance (1916),
Broken Blossoms (1919) andWay Down East (1920) still amaze
and thrill audiences today.
I have worked as a production assistant in Kansas on My Name
is Legend with Duke Kelly, and watched the Long Beach, California filming
of Robert Mitchum's Farewell My Lovely (1975). I have just finished
working on a project for the Pawnee Plaza Theaters in Wichita for their
showing of Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi and have attended
all five Keaton Film Festivals in Iola, Kansas. I have spent many hours
researching film history.
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