August 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:

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Part I
Weds., Aug. 11, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Prospect Heights Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom

Many classic films were inspired by books, with movie studios putting their own “Hollywood touch” on the story. What compelled studios to create these films and make changes? Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about classic films based upon books as well as a discussion of comparisons between the text and film. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Roaring Twenties: From Silents to Sound
Thurs., Aug. 12, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Cook Memorial Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
The 1920s were a great period of transition for the United States and the filmmaking industry. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the early film industry of the 1920s, some of its top stars, technological innovations, and influential films. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. This program is part of the Cook Memorial Public Library’s 100th anniversary celebration. REGISTER HERE.

The History of the Hollywood Musical
Tues., Aug. 17, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Prairie Trails 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.

Fins, Furs, and Feathers: A-List Animals
Tues., Aug. 24, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Lake Bluff 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.

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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