July 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:

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Thurs., July 7, 2022, 1:30pm-2:30pm ET
Bronxville Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents depictions of librarians and libraries in classic films as well as the influence of special real-life librarians upon the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

That’s All, Folks!
Thurs., July 7, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
While moviegoers had many favorite actors and actresses, they also enjoyed a wide variety of hand-drawn, animated stars! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores the history of animation, including the work of top animation studios, and beloved animated characters. 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 II
Weds., July 13, 2022, 7pm-8pm ET
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
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 for a continued discussion of additional classic films based on 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.

Hollywood Goes to the Beach
Thurs., July 14, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Fountaindale Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Taking full advantage of sunny California’s climate, classic Hollywood films frequently featured beach sequences and sun-drenched stars. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores classic Hollywood stars and their ties to beach films, the beach movies’ influence on fashion, and memorable beach movie moments. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Movie Melodies: The Music of the Gershwins
Mon., July 18, 2022, 1pm-2pm CT
Helen Plum Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Many beloved classic Hollywood films were made all the more memorable by the musical talents of brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the influence of the Gershwins in classic film, some of their most popular songs represented in film, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Sibling Stars of Classic Hollywood
Mon., July 18, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Eventbrite
Online Program via Zoom
In classic Hollywood, show business often ran in the family. Whether working together or apart, many talented siblings entertained movie-going audiences during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents a variety of talented classic Hollywood siblings, their careers, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Tickets cost $10. BUY TICKETS HERE.

That’s All, Folks!
Tues., July 19, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Chestnut Square at the Glen (IN-PERSON)
2601 Chestnut Ave, Glenview, IL 60026
While moviegoers had many favorite actors and actresses, they also enjoyed a wide variety of hand-drawn, animated stars! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores the history of animation, including the work of top animation studios, and beloved animated characters. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

Hollywood Goes to the Beach
Weds., July 20, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Oak Brook Public Library (IN-PERSON)
600 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523
*Copies of Hometowns to Hollywood: Volume I will be sold at this presentation.
Taking full advantage of sunny California’s climate, classic Hollywood films frequently featured beach sequences and sun-drenched stars. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores classic Hollywood stars and their ties to beach films, the beach movies’ influence on fashion, and memorable beach movie moments. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Mermaids in the Movies
Thurs., July 21, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET
Sandusky Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Mermaids have made a splash in many different art forms, including films. They also inspired film pioneers of early Hollywood, challenging them with creative ways to depict these fabled creatures. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores various depictions of mermaids in classic cinema, their influence on the portrayal of aquatic creatures in films, and connections to more contemporary films. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

That’s All, Folks!
Tues., July 26, 2022, 2pm-3pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
While moviegoers had many favorite actors and actresses, they also enjoyed a wide variety of hand-drawn, animated stars! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores the history of animation, including the work of top animation studios, and beloved animated characters. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Weds., July 27, 7pm-8pm CT
Geneva Public Library (IN-PERSON)
227 S 7th St, Geneva, IL 60134
An actress and activist, comedian Betty White was a woman of many achievements both on and off the screen. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. 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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