January 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:

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Mon., Jan. 16, 2023, 2pm-3pm CT
Town & Country Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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 this special birthday presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Tues., Jan. 17, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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 this special birthday presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

How’d They Do That?!
Thurs., Jan. 19, 2023, 5pm-6pm ET (IN-PERSON)
33rd Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches
5221 Hood Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Classic Hollywood has achieved a wide variety of iconic scenes that simply take one’s breath away. Movie characters have parted the Red Sea, dodged crop dusters, scaled skyscrapers, and more, leaving audiences wondering, “How’d they do that?!” Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about how some of classic Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes were developed, approached, and accomplished. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Tickets are $36 per person. Complimentary for Mandel JCC Hamsa, Chaverim, Star Arts, Film Meyvn, and Director-level Members. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Hobbywood: Pastimes of the Stars
Mon., Jan. 23, 2023, 3pm-4pm ET
Bronxville Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Behind the scenes, the stars of classic Hollywood loved to indulge in numerous pastimes for relaxation and escape from their long workdays on set. Whether sailing, inventing, painting, or skateboarding, the stars of the screen kept just as busy by pursuing their favorite hobbies. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation on classic Hollywood stars and their hobbies, as well as their achievements and legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

On-Screen Specters: Ghosts in Classic Film
Tues., Jan. 24, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Eventbrite
Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood has incorporated depictions of ghosts across a wide array of film genres, including horror, romance, and comedy–just to name a few. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores various depictions of ghosts in classic cinema, the technologies used to create these illusions, and their connections to more contemporary films. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Tickets are $10. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Bartlett Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom 
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. 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 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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