Every year, devoted fans and attendees giddily await the full schedule release of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. This year, the anticipation was even more palatable as this is the 10th anniversary. Happily, the time has arrived and after much anguishing decision-making, I have outlined my choices. As always, I cannot be held responsible for last-minute changes that often occur. TCM Film Festival Schedule- … Continue reading Top Picks for 2019 TCM Film Festival
“Half of all the films copyrighted between 1911 and 1925 were written by women.” Noted author Cari Beauchamp’s words to a sold-out ballroom on the Washburn University campus at the 22nd annual Kansas Silent Film Festival stuck with me long after the fest’s last screening. As keynote speaker at the fest’s Cinema Dinner, Beauchamp went on to explain more shocking reveals that painted a very … Continue reading Kansas Silent Film Fest Celebrates Women Pioneers
The man who created Klingons for Star Trek will find his way home this weekend in the small town of Beatrice, Nebraska. Sadly, while screenwriter/producer/novelist GENE L. COON is no longer with us, his spirit lives on with millions of Star Trek fans from the obsessive ‘Trekkies” to the passing fans. March 2-4th, fans can experience the rare treat of discovering more about the man … Continue reading Star Trek History Beams in Nebraska
Traveling across the highways and roads under dark, stormy skies, I recently found my way to Beatrice, Nebraska. As a Beatrice native, attorney by day and film historian by passion, Jeanelle Kleveland shared, “Beatrice’s population was about twelve thousand when I was born and it’s remained about twelve thousand to this day.” While many things about this small Nebraska town appear relatively unchanged over the … Continue reading Hometown Pride Honors Robert Taylor in Beatrice, Nebraska
Last week I departed from a ten day stay in Hollywood. A grand adventure of exploring the origins of Old Hollywood- both via site-seeing and serving as a Social Producer for the 2016 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, which took place April 28-may 1. For us classic cinephile fanatics, this year’s schedule of screenings and events tapped deep into a range of emotions, appropriate to … Continue reading TCM Film Fest 2016: Emotions Run High
The days are rapidly narrowing down to single digits until classic film fans by the thousands will converge to their silver screened Motherland. Turner Classic Movies network kicks off their film festival April 28- May 1st in Hollywood, CA. And for the 2nd year in a row, the TCM folks have brought back the Social Producer program. Selected from across the country, the Social Producers … Continue reading TCMFF 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT: Photo Scavenger Hunt!
Fields of sunflowers with their friendly faces reaching up to the sky, as rumbles of enormous dark storm clouds approach rapidly. This scene was played out just a couple of days ago in my town and is pretty typical here in the heartland, as we transition from the long, hot days of late summer into cool Autumn. But what may be less known about this … Continue reading CLASSIC FILM FALL REPORT: Fly in to ‘Fly Over States’
As a classic film obsessive, attending a film fest is much more than the joy of screening a wealth of old movies. The joy of seeing a classic flick on that big screen, along with an audience that you just KNOW is enjoying this with equal vigor, is frankly pretty damn good. Many times, films featured at fests are grouped via a specific theme, or … Continue reading A Reel Journey To My 1st CAPITOLFEST!
Beyond the incredible four days packed with screenings and awe-inspiring events, my recent trip to Tinseltown for the TCM Film Festival included much more. I traveled out to Hollywood and bookended my trip with a couple of extra days to take in more than just the mad dash of the official fest (…like the mad dash of sightseeing!) Perhaps if I squeezed in more time … Continue reading HOLLYWOOD HIGHLIGHTS: The “Fake” Studio Tour
Years from now, the 6th annual Turner Classic Film Festival may be described as the year that made history. How suitable considering this year’s theme of ‘History according to Hollywood.’ There was a feeling of change in the air. The Proof: 1. Our beloved patron saint of classic film Robert Osborne was not present this year. (All curiosities of how he was doing with his … Continue reading Hollywood Dreams Come True at TCM Film Fest 2015