July 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:

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., July 8, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
CJE SeniorLife
Free Online Program via Zoom
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars, who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Silent Clowns: Chaplin, Keaton, & Lloyd 
Tues., July 13, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Cook Memorial Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek. Discover the stories and careers of three comedians crucial to the slapstick genre: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedic Partnerships
Fri., July 16, 2021, 2pm-3pm CST
CJE-Tamarisk NorthShore
1627 Lake Cook Road., Deerfield, IL 60015

Whether over the airwaves or on the silver screen, the classic comedy genre benefited from many beloved comedic partnerships. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about early comedy’s top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

The History of the Hollywood Musical
Mon., July 19 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Addison Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
While musicals have their roots on the stage, their transition to the big screen took Hollywood by storm. At the same time, it also presented many challenges for the film industry. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the history of classic Hollywood musicals, some of the top musical stars, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Hollywood Style: Icons of Fashion
Tues., July 20, 2021, 3:30pm-4:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood stars and the fashions they wore both on-screen and off were influential style choices for moviegoers around the world. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the daring wardrobe choices and revolutionary makeup innovations of the stars as well as their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. REGISTER HERE.

Lovely to Look At: The Glamour and Influence of Hollywood’s Golden Age
Thurs., July 22, 2021, 6pm-7pm CST
Evansville Museum
411 SE Riverside Dr., Evansville, IN 47713
As filmgoers sought to escape the struggles of the Great Depression, their burdens were temporarily lifted when they entered the movie palace. During Hollywood’s Golden Age, audiences departed from their difficult realities and reveled in delicious plots, glamourous stars, beautiful Art Deco sets, and stunning fashions worn by their favorite screen stars. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek, Ph.D., for a special presentation about the stars and original gowns featured in Evansville Museum’s Escapism: Finding Solace During the Great Depression exhibit, profiling Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The Facebook Event page is available here. As seating is limited, please make complimentary reservations by calling the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406. 

Swooners & Crooners: Hollywood’s Leading Men
Fri., July 30, 2021, 10am-11:30am CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
From charismatic leads to memorable crooners, Hollywood’s studio bombshells often worked alongside top matinee idols of the day. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the histories of various matinee idols, some of Hollywood’s top leading men, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. 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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