My friends, I’m thrilled to announce:
I’m thrilled not just because this is a fantastic annual event celebrating one of the finest, most beloved comedians who ever walked this earth, but because 2017 marks 100 years since Buster first entered the movies on that fateful day in NYC back in 1917. That makes this blogathon an extra special one, and frankly, I’ve been waiting for it for years.
When: Sunday, February 19 through Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Where: Right here on Silent-ology!
How: To sign up, pick whatever Keaton film/topic your heart desires and leave me a comment on this post. (You can also send me a message). Further down this page are some banners to stick onto your blog–please help get the word out about this event and the centenary of Buster’s film career! During the blogathon itself, when you publish your post leave me a comment or send me a message with your link. (Please make sure your post mentions both my blog and the name of the event, such as “This post is part of Third Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon hosted by Silent-ology.”) Post whenever you have time during those three days, no pressure!
What to write about: Anything and everything Buster–the sky’s the limit! (Here’s his filmography for some ideas.) Feel free to get creative, folks. Looking to compare/contrast certain films? Hope to share a story of how his work touched your life or someone else’s? Interested in examining his surprising kinship with Sheldon Cooper? Filmed yourself recreating his song and dance from Free and Easy? All of this is more than welcome! I also encourage articles about his crew and the many wonderful actors who appeared in his films.
- Since 2017 is special, just this once I’ve decided that duplicates are 100% allowed! Write about anything and everything your heart desires, I want this ‘thon as chock full of Buster as possible!!
- I will be working with the International Buster Keaton Society to help publicize this event. They are the hosts of a year-long celebration of his life called BK100, and if you have a Buster-related project I recommend visiting their site and considering becoming one of their presenters. (You can be a volunteer, too!) UPDATE: We’re on the official calendar!
- I will be holding a drawing (probably more than one) for all participants–stay tuned for details!
- As always, I want to encourage everyone to make Buster proud. There’s quite a bit of dubious information out there about his life (particularly his private life), so I’m going to insist that we do our best to wade through the rumors and find the most reliable info we can. Let’s give him something to smile about!
Silent-ology: Analyzing the Molasses Scene From The Butcher Boy
and Reflections on 100 Years of Buster
MovieMovieBlogBlog: For the Love of Buster Keaton
An Ode to Dust: Artwork from a graphic novel project
Silver Screenings: Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Second Sight Cinema: BK: Matinee Idol and The Cameraman
Christina Wehner: The Joy of Discovering Buster Keaton
Finding Nelson Evans: Buster’s Leading Ladies in Pictures
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Review of new Keaton short films collection
The Wonderful World of Cinema: One Week
Grace Kingsley’s Hollywood: An Early Keaton Fan: Grace Kingsley
Prince of Hollywood: How Buster Introduced Me to Silents
and article on the Comique shorts
Century Films: Oh, Doctor!
The Midnite Drive-In: “Once Upon a Time” Twilight Zone episode
Critica Retro: Review of My Wonderful World of Slapstick
Welcome To My Magick Theatre: College and its window into 1920s culture
The Fyuzhe: On Buster’s Television Work
Lonely Critic: The Navigator
Caftan Woman: Reviews of Keep Your Eye on the Kid by Catherine Brighton and Bluffon: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan
Little Bits of Classics: Buster’s friendship with Charlie Chaplin and their work together in Limelight
Big Riot V Squad: Buster Keaton: From Stage to Screen
Girls Do Film: Why Buster Keaton Still Matters
Senseless Cinema: The Haunted Worlds of Buster Keaton
Special Purpose Movie Blog: The General: Factual or Fictional?
Once Upon a Screen: Reviews of One Week, The Cook and The Playhouse
Life’s Daily Lessons Blog: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews: Our Hospitality
Banners–Please help get the word out about this event!