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2024 Seminars

Thursday May 23

2:00 p.m.

New York Times best-selling author Scott Eyman returns to discuss his latest book Charlie Chaplin vs. America: When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided. Leonard Maltin said, "There are so many takeaways from this volume, I don't know where to begin... Charlie Chaplin had so many facets that it wouldn't be possible for one author to explore them all in detail, but my casting a narrower net-- and allowing for digressions-- Eyman has produced a gem of a book." 


Podcast producer and friend Caroline Breder-Watts will interview Eyman about the book, his process, and his love of vintage movies. 

Nick Santa Maria created the Biffle and Shooster comedy team with Will Ryan based on their love of vintage comedy duos. His reverence for Abbott and Costello is evident in his book The Annotated Abbott and Costello which he co-wrote with Matthew Coniam. Santa Maria will discuss his passion for comedy with podcast producer Caroline Breder-Watts. 

3:00 p.m.

Friday May 24

Canadian journalist Geoff Dale will discuss his book Much More Than a Stooge: Shemp Howard a biography released 100 years after Ted Healy assembled his famous Stooges. The interview will be conducted by show founder Samantha Glasser.


Though he is best known for his work with The Three Stooges, Shemp had a solo comedy career with a stint in Universal B-musicals and was well respected among contemporary comics like Bud Abbott and talents who came later such as Dick Cavett, Gilbert Gottfried, and Penn & Teller. 

11:00 a.m.


Steve Stanchfield is an assistant professor at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. He is the founder of Thunderbean Animation, a boutique label that releases high quality restorations of vintage animation. He will present what it takes to work on these films along with clips of his work. 

2:00 p.m.

Dan van Neste is the author of several books on vintage Hollywood stars including The Accidental Star: The Life and Films of Warner Baxter. Baxter is a Columbus native who attended Hubbard Avenue Elementary School before embarking on an acting career. He won an Oscar for his work in In Old Arizona at the 2nd Academy Awards ceremony in 1930. 


He will discuss his work with Columbus Moving Picture Show podcast producer Caroline Breder-Watts. A book signing will follow in the lobby.

3:00 p.m.


Manny Pacheco returns!

Pacheco is a champion of character actors who add flavor to the films they're in. 

Forgotten Hollywood is a media franchise that includes a podcast on Spotify, an award-winning blogsite at and award-winning books. Manny Pacheco is a Southern California Broadcaster, an educator in three Southern California Colleges and a noted Hollywood historian.

4:00 p.m.

Saturday May 25

Getting to Know Al Christie: Hollywood’s Forgotten Film Pioneer

Al Christie made more than 1,000 short comedy films and features in a 30-year directing/producing career in Hollywood. In his heyday, his work was considered on par with such comedy giants as Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, but until now he’s been mostly a footnote in Hollywood history. Christie made the first silent comedy films in 1911 in the then-little known town of Hollywood and continued his movie making well into the 1930s as talking films took over.

Mark Kearney will be speaking about his new book, Al Christie: Hollywood’s Forgotten Film Pioneer and touching on some of the producer/director’s career highlights. Mark’s talk will cover Christie’s early days growing up in London, Ontario, Canada where he helped touring Vaudevillians hone their comic skills to his years in Hollywood behind the camera making successful movies. Question and answer and book signing to follow.

3:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

James D'Arc presents When Hollywood Came to Utah

D'Arc will present a seminar with video clips to illustrate the many movies shot in Utah. He will focus on the Centennial of moviemaking in Utah that the state is celebrating in 2024 and the just-published Centennial Edition of his book When Hollywood Came to Utah. It includes 5 new sections on the following TV series and feature films: The Chosen, Touched by An Angel, Yellowstone, Disney's Utah Movie Heritage (with an emphasis on the High School Musical franchise), and concluding with Kevin Costner's Horizon: An American Saga (Costner's 3-feature film Western epic). Costner has also penned the new Foreword to this edition.

It's All Been Done Radio Hour is a modern, geeky dramedy show of radio serials, performed live in front of an audience and recorded for podcast. This special performance will feature classic material from the program, as well as a Q&A opportunity following the show with the cast and creator.

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5:00 p.m.

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