December Presentations

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road–in person or virtually–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:

Frank Sinatra: The Legacy of Ol’ Blue Eyes
Tues., Dec. 7, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Lisle Library District
Free Online Program via Zoom
Of the many great crooners of the Great American Songbook, the name Frank Sinatra remains legendary. From his humble beginnings to becoming a world-renowned entertainer, there is much to celebrated regarding Sinatra’s legacy. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a tribute to Frank Sinatra, including a discussion about his New Jersey roots, his ties to Chicago, an overview of his career, and his legacy today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Scrooge Through the Years
Thurs., Dec. 9, 2021, 7pm-8pm EST
Baltimore County Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol inspired many film adaptations and notable portrayals of his novella’s protagonist, Scrooge. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about various classic iterations of A Christmas Carol, memorable moments and portrayals, as well as the legacy of Scrooge and Dickens today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Classic Hollywood Christmas
Tues., Dec. 21, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Cook Memorial Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the history of several beloved holiday classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood, memorable performances, and the legacies of these films today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Pt I
Weds., Dec. 22, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Fountaindale 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.

Movie Melodies: The Music of Irving Berlin
Tues., Dec. 28, 2021, 9am-10am CST
Patty Turner Center (IN-PERSON)
375 Elm St, Deerfield, IL 60015
Many beloved classic Hollywood films were made all the more memorable by the musical talents of American songwriter and composer Irving Berlin. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the influence of Irving Berlin in classic film, some of his most popular songs represented in film, and his legacy 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.

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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