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.
For more ideas and inspiration, here’s the links to the First Annual and Second Annual Buster Blogathons.
- 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!
Lea: As always, I am so there! My essay is already written — call it “For the Love of Buster Keaton.”
I love it! Welcome back to the blogathon Steve. 🙂
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Count me in for my second round! I think I’d like to try something different this year and share some artistic tidbits for a big project I’m working on about Buster. A sneak peek, if you will. It would also give me a good push in working towards finishing it.
Wonderful, welcome back Nicole! 🙂 Let me know the details when you’re ready.
Thank you, and will do!
Hi Lea, I wanted to update you on my topic as I think I have a more detailed idea now: I will be sharing at least a couple pages from a graphic novel I’m working on about Buster. I just hope they will be ready in time!
Very cool Nicole,. that’ll be perfect! 🙂
Hi Lea. Thanks for the invite. I would love to write about “The Cameraman” and “The General”. I seen them both on the big screen this year. Let me know if they are okay?
Sounds great to me! Thanks for signing up. 🙂
Hey all. It’s Alek Lev from the above-mentioned International Buster Keaton Society. We are so excited about the blogathon and will do all we can to help get the word out. Find us at http://www.keaton100.com and @porkpiehat100.
Thanks for posting, Alek–and welcome! I’m proud to have the Damfinos on board. 🙂
I’m definitely in but still mulling topics. At the moment I’m thinking along the lines of BK: matinee idol (or Love God), something that deals with Buster’s extraordinary beauty and romantic/sex appeal. Are you okay with that?
Certainly, works for me! (All in good taste, of course. 😉 )
Thanks for the invitation! I’d love to participate! Can I write about introducing Buster Keaton to others…and the joy of having others discover his work, too? Perhaps I could call the post the Joy of Discovering Buster Keaton or something like that. 🙂
There have been a number of junior high and high school students who I have introduced to Buster Keaton and they absolutely loved him. I think he surprises people. I know he surprised me.
Absolutely, great idea! 🙂
I may have an idea for a topic, so pencil me in. I’ll let you know when it’s more definite.
Awesome! Looking forward to hearing more.
How about Buster’s Leading Ladies in Pictures.
Perfect topic, Tom! I love it.
Since I recently won his DVD shorts collection from Classic Movie Hub, put me down for that 🙂
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies
Sounds good!! (I love that shorts collection btw!)
Hi Lea, just wanted to let you know I will not be able to participate in this blogathon. I was hoping to get something done yesterday but it didn’t happen. Sorry about that. Looking forward to reading the other entries though!
No problem! There’s always next year. 🙂
Yé! I’d like to do One Week 🙂
my blog is The Wonderful World of Cinema: https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com
Awesome, thanks for joining!
I’d like to contribute “An Early Keaton Fan: Grace Kingsley.” She wrote in her review of The Navigator “My motto is always “Buster Keaton or Bust!” I have a record for never being absent or tardy when a Keaton comedy comes to town.” Obviously she had the right idea.
Huzzah, thanks for joining Lisle!! Funny, I was thinking I wanted to contact you this evening and see if you’d like to be part of the blogathon! 😀
I can’t wait.
And I love your banners!
I can’t wait either! And thanks, they took a bit of work but turned out really nice!
I would love to write on my introduction to Buster Keaton and how he made me fall in love with silent films. I’d also like to write specifically about his 1917 shorts. I hope those aren’t too broad of topics, I just want to get my name down! I look forward to participating again this year and reading all of the entries for this exciting centenary!
Sounds wonderful, thanks for joining Elizabeth!
Sign me up for “Oh, Doctor.” Glad to be able to participate this year!
Fantastic, welcome to the blogathon sir! 🙂
I recently reviewed a Twilight Zone episode featuring Agnes Moorehead for another blogathon and, in it, I referenced one of my favorite episodes was “Once Upon a Time”. How about that for a topic?
Nice pick! Thank you for joining. ☺
Lea, I love Buster so much that I had a hard time deciding what to write about, until I figured out: I want to write a review of “My Wonderful World of Slapstick”.
Le from Critica Retro
Great choice, Le! Welcome back to the blogathon. 🙂
I’d love to participate again! I’m interested in discussing College, both as a film review and as a window into 1920s culture and society.
Sounds fascinating, Carrie-Anne–welcome back! 🙂
I can’t wait to contribute again! This year it’ll be an “Homage to James Agee’s Homage to Buster Keaton”. What is this you say? Wait and see, you’ll love it!
I’ll be excited to read it! 🙂 (p.s. Just need your blog URL, and we’re good to go!)
Perfect, thanks Vicky!! 🙂
Lea, my homage is not ready this year. My topic will instead be “On Buster’s Television Work”
No problem Vicky!
Hi, I’d like to write a review of The Navigator for the Blogathon, if that is still available.
My blog is The Lonely Critic
Excellent, welcome to the blogathon Tucker! 🙂
I’ve decided to look at a couple of books about Buster – Keep Your Eye on the Kid by Catherine Brighton and Bluffton, My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan.
Sounds great, Patricia! Those are very charming books.
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Hey, I just want to point out that while you changed the poster on the side of your blog to the Third Annual, the link still goes to the announcement for the second annual. I nearly announced my date for the 7th as a result, so you might want to fix that.
Ooo, thanks for the catch!
Hi, I would love to write about Buster’s relationship with Chaplin and their work together in Limelight! I’m really looking forward to this 🙂
Ooo, great topic! Thank you for joining. 🙂
Hi Lea. Happy new year. I’m very happy to see this. I would like to write about “Buster Keaton: From Stage to Screen,” about his transition from vaudeville to the movies.
Big V Riot Squad
Welcome back to the blogathon–was hoping you’d join in!
I haven’t written anything in a VERY long time, this is the best topic possible to inspire me!
I’d like to cover his enduring influence on film and directors through the ages – something like ‘Why Buster Keaton still matters’. Not that specific at this stage, but hopefully enough 🙂
Excellent, happy to have you back!!
Hi. I would like to write a post on “The Haunted Worlds of Buster Keaton” for the blogathon. My blog is Senseless Cinema at http://www.senselesscinema.com. Thanks.
Sounds intriguing, I’ll add you to the list!
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I’m sorry to have to do this, but would you be able to remove me from the roster. I’ve been left emotionally scarred since witnessing the death of my own aunty on New Years Eve, and I’m still heavily grieving. It was the first time that I’ve watched someone die, so I’m struggling to come to terms with what has happened. As a result, I haven’t been able to write, so out of respect to my aunty, I’m going to take a break from blogging and writing until I’m feeling better. Once again I’m sorry, but I’ll be sure to join in next year.
No problem at all, my friend. I’m so sorry to hear about what you’re going through. My family has also experienced some tragedy, so I very much sympathize with the need to take some time to heal. I with you all the best! ❤
Lea, I am sorry to see that Krystal is dropping out, but could I possibly pick up The Camerman if it’s now available?
Certainly! I’m allowing duplicates this year, too, so no problem in any case. 🙂
Hello! I am just finding out about this blogathon and I was wondering if I could still participate please?! I would love to write about “Our Hospitality” if possible. Please let me know and thanks!
Hi there! Absolutely you can join, and a post on Our Hospitality sounds great! Welcome to our annual BusterFest. 🙂
Awesome! Thank you so much 🙂 I had a peek around your blog as well and it is fabulous! I really try to encourage as many people as I know to give silent film a chance because it is just marvelous in every way 🙂
It really is, and there’s silent movies to suite every taste too! So many folks think they’re impenetrable, but that’s just not the case. Thanks for reading, stop by anytime! 🙂
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