October 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.


Glazier Interviews Bochenek
Sun., Oct. 11, 2020, 6pm CST
Free Online Program via Facebook Live
Join pianist Richard Glazier and film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a discussion on a selection of memorable songs from the Great American Songbook, including several songs from classic Hollywood films. The two of us will chat about the context and impact of the songs, and Richard will perform them. Hometowns to Hollywood will be streaming this program on the Hometowns to Hollywood Facebook Page right at 6pm CST. If you don’t see it right away or arrived too early, please refresh the page. ENJOY THE PRESENTATION HERE.

Catholic Leading Ladies
Tues., Oct. 13, 2020, 7pm-8pm CST
St. Anne’s Women’s Club
Free Online Program via Zoom
Many stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood came from a wide variety of cultures and religious backgrounds, devoting their time to various service organizations and religious causes. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about different Catholic actresses of classic Hollywood, their careers and legacies, as well as causes that were of importance to them. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

A Hollywood Halloween
Thurs., Oct. 22, 2020, 7pm-8pm CST
Des Plaines History Center
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. ENJOY THE PRESENTATION HERE.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Fri., Oct. 23, 2020, 1pm-2:30pm
North Shore Senior Center
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 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 center charges $10 for members and $14 for non-members. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation. REGISTER HERE.

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