The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon launches in just a few days!

I’m excited. Boy, am I excited! Just a few days remain until the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon gets underway.

My co-hosts are Ruth of Silver Screenings and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and our sponsor is the wonderful Flicker Alley, which is supporting the event in honor of its release of 3-D Rarities (did you know it is the centenary of 3D film?) and Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly-Restored Works. There is also a giveaway for the 3D release (you don’t need a special TV or anything to enjoy it) so be sure to check that out as well.

The full roster is here. (I am updating it as I type.)

Here are some friendly reminders to all our participants:

  1. Please inform the hostess you “belong” to that you have posted and provide the URL.

  2. Please link to the event page for the era you are covering. I’m the silent era, Aurora is the Golden Age and Ruth is modern.

  3. Flicker Alley is helping spread the word about the event and is basically acting as a forth host so please link to them as well, if possible.

  4. If there are any issues with the links or any other concerns, please contact one of us.

  5. Feel free to contact Ruth, Aurora or myself if you have any questions. We don’t bite. Well, not often.

21 Replies to “The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon launches in just a few days!”

  1. OK, I have a dumb question (I’d write privately, but my experience as a teacher is that when one student has a dumb question, it means ten others are wondering the same thing)

    The rules say:
    “We have divided the history of film from 1880 to 1975 between us. I am your Silent Era host and will be covering 1880-1929. Aurora is our Golden Age host and will be covering 1930-1952. Ruth is our Modern host and will be covering 1953-1975”

    “We will each be hosting one day of the event in chronological order. I will be first (June 26), Aurora second (June 27) and Ruth will wrap things up (June 28).”

    So, does that mean that if I’m writing on the Silent Era, I’m scheduled to post on July 26 and only July 26? What happens if I’m a day late?

    1. No worries! Since I am the silent era person, I will be adding late posts to the roster as they come in. Ideally, people will post on the day they are assigned (June 26 for the silent era) but I understand that life intervenes. So if someone is a bit early or a bit late, I will let it slide. Of course, people writing for later eras will want to come in on time for maximum coverage but silent era posters actually have the most flexibility.

  2. Well, the good news is that for the first time this summer I actually managed to get my act together and made the post I promised. If I’m understanding the scheduling system correctly it should be going up on Saturday because Destination Moon came out during the Studio Era in 1951, which would have still been during the Studio Era (even if it’s not what most people immediately think of when they recall that period of history). I’ll have to check by here tomorrow to see what else comes up for the silent era. On the other hand, part of me feels the need to apologize that for all my experience as a film student I was only able to do one post for this blogathon.

    If it’s any interest, I did recently start a blogathon of my own that I think might be up your alley. I know a lot of my recent work hasn’t appealed to you as much, and it’s not hard to see why, but for this one I think it would be great if you could find a clever way to apply your vast knowledge of silent movies in some form that nobody else is ever going to think of. After all, if anyone knows silent film directors, it’s you:

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