Events

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:

Silent Clowns: Chaplin, Keaton, & Lloyd
Weds., Sept. 29, 2021, 8pm EST
Hometowns to Hollywood
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. This program is presented in honor of the first annual National Silent Movie Day. REGISTER HERE.

The Biopic Blogathon
Thurs., Sept. 30, 2021-Sat., Oct. 2, 2021
Hometowns to Hollywood
Classic Hollywood has had its fair share of biopics–the good, the bad, and the ugly. From chemists to composers, authors to actors, fictitious to factual, and more, there is much to explore in this genre. Moreover, the genre is still going strong today. Hometowns to Hollywood is excited to present its sixth official blogathon, entitled “The Biopic Blogathon.” This blogathon will focus upon biopics of all kinds, whether they stem from the wide breadth of biopics created Hollywood’s Golden Age or maybe even pay tribute to it from a more modern perspective. ARTICLES WILL BE POSTED HERE.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Sat., Oct. 9, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
Addison Public Library
4 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101
Hollywood has had its fair share of leading ladies, with many of them remaining iconic to this day as studio bombshells. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the history of the Hollywood bombshell, some of the top Hollywood bombshells, and their legacies 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.

A Hollywood Halloween
Tues., Oct. 12, 2021, 7pm-8pm EST
Baltimore County Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films and stars 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.

A Hollywood Halloween
Weds., Oct. 13, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Fountaindale Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films and stars 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.

A Hollywood Halloween
Tues., Oct. 26, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm EST
New Buffalo Township Library
33 N Thompson St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films and stars 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.

Movie Melodies: The Music of Cole Porter
Thurs., Oct. 28, 2021, 7:30pm-8:30pm CST
Elmhurst Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Many beloved classic Hollywood films made all the more memorable by the musical talents of American songwriter and composer Cole Porter. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the influence of Cole Porter 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.

James Dean: Hollywood’s Rebel
Tues., Nov. 16, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Palatine Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Hailing from the Heartland, James Dean’s expressive persona and dedication to method acting cemented his legacy as a Hollywood icon gone too soon. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about Dean’s career, his influence upon pop culture, 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.

Hollywood Style: Icons of Fashion
Weds., Nov. 17, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Fremont Public Library
Free 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 registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

The Roaring Twenties: From Silents to Sound
Mon., Nov. 22, 2021, 1pm-2:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
TBD online vs. in-person
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. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hollywood Style: Icons of Fashion
Weds., Jan 12, 2022, 7pm-8pm CST
Bartlett Public Library
Free 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 registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Pt I
Thurs., Jan. 20, 2022, 2pm-3pm CST
Indian Trails 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Feb. 3, 2022, TBD
Northbrook Woman’s Club
In-Person, TBD
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.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Mon., Feb. 7, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm CST
Crete Public Library District
Free Online Program via Zoom
Love is in the air in classic Hollywood! Many beloved Hollywood classics featured wedding scenes across a broad range of film genres. In real life, many film stars also happened to have high-profile and eagerly anticipated weddings. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about memorable classic film wedding moments, both on the screen and off. 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.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Rolling Meadows Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Love is in the air in classic Hollywood! Many beloved Hollywood classics featured wedding scenes across a broad range of film genres. In real life, many film stars also happened to have high-profile and eagerly anticipated weddings. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about memorable classic film wedding moments, both on the screen and off. 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.

TBD
Weds., Mar. 23, 2022, 1-2pm CST
North Shore Congregation Israel
TBD In-Person/Virtual
TBD. Private Event.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Picture Spotlight
Weds., Mar. 23, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Niles-Maine District Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet ready and delve into the history of the Best Picture category! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. 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.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Award History
Thurs., Mar. 24, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm CST
Cook Memorial Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the history of the Academy Awards and some of its memorable moments, while also profiling the Best Picture picks for this year. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Weds., May 11, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm CST
Westmont Public Library
428 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning across many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

RS Festival-Laughing Stalks; Hollywood Hoosiers
Sat., June 11-Sun., June 12, 2022, TBD
RS Museum
TBD
TBD-More info to come.

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