May Presentations

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to presentations that profile individual performers.

Below is a listing of upcoming presentations and screenings for Hometowns to Hollywood. Attendance is free of charge unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about booking Hometowns to Hollywood at your organization, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., May 6, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Maine Township MaineStreamers
Free Online Program via Zoom
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of its key players included Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, “Broncho Billy” Anderson, and many more. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the film industry’s early days in Chicago, as she discusses former silent film studios in Chicago, film stars who worked in Chicago, and the legacies of these studios and stars today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation. PRIVATE EVENT.

Fins, Furs, and Feathers: A-List Animals
Mon., May 10, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
Palatine Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom

While classic Hollywood had its fair share of human actors, many memorable animal stars also enjoyed success and the appreciation of audiences all over the world. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about a variety of animal performers, their careers, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Jimmy Stewart: A Birthday Celebration
Thurs., May 20, 2021, 12pm EST
Heartland Film Instagram Live
Free Program via Instagram Live at @heartlandfilm
James “Jimmy” Stewart was an iconic Hollywood Everyman, investing his time and talents to a wide variety of memorable film roles. Join Heartland Film Senior Programmer Julia Ricci and Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a special birthday tribute to Jimmy Stewart as they discuss his life and legacy via Instagram Live. ENJOY THE PRESENTATION HERE.

Everybody Dance!: Classic Cinema’s Top Dancers
Tues., May 25, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Prospect Heights Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood musicals were made all the more special by triple-threat talents and show-stopping song-and-dance numbers. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about some of classic cinema’s most influential dancers, including Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Eleanor Powell, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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3 Responses to May Presentations

  1. Vienna says:

    I tried to register for the Top Dancers presentation but couldnt attach to the link. Perhaps it is for America only?

  2. Vienna says:

    Thanks, Annette. Now registered but will have to check time difference.

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