ANNOUNCEMENT: The Fifth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon!

Hear ye, hear ye! I am pleased to announce the return of Silent-ology’s prestigious blogathon, devoted to that inimitable thespian of the enigmatic visage and whimsical porkpie chapeau, the singular Joseph Frank Keaton:

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Can you believe this blogathon is in its fifth year? I can hardly believe it myself. (That also means my blog is about to turn 5 years old–I can hardly believe that, too!) And thus, once again I would like to extend the cordial invitation to all my fellow film bloggers to join in this annual celebration of everything Buster Keaton–one of the most important and unique figures in cinematic history.

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When: Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Where: Right here on Silent-ology!

How: To join this event, comment on this post and let me know which Keaton film or Keaton-related topic you want to cover. (If you want you can also send me a message). Please chose one of my banners to stick onto your blog to help spread the word about this event. During the blogathon itself, when you publish your post leave me a comment or send me a message with the post’s link. (And please make sure your post mentions my blog and the name of the event, such as “This post is part of Fifth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon hosted by Silent-ology.”) Post whenever you have time during February 18th and 19th, no pressure!

What to write about: Anything and everything related to Buster Keaton’s life and career–don’t be afraid to be creative! (Here’s his filmography for some ideas.)  Articles about his crew and the many wonderful actors who appeared in his films are always grand too, as are examinations of overlooked or obscure aspects of his career. Heck, if you want to make some drawings or write a poem, go right ahead!

For ideas and inspiration, here’s the links to the FirstSecond, Third, and Fourth Annual Buster Blogathons. There’s a lot of remarkable articles to comb through!

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Details:

  • To encourage a variety of topics, I’m going to have one of those darn “no duplicates” rules.
  • As a little “thank you” for participating I will be holding my usual a drawing for all blogathon participants–details are forthcoming!
  • As always–“Make Buster proud!” There’s a lot of dubious information out there about his life and career, so let’s try and steer clear of those persistent rumors and give him something to smile about!

Banners:

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The Roster:

Silent-ology | Buster’s Wife’s Relations–Getting To Know The Talmadge Family

MovieMovieBlogBlog | Buster and Lucille Ball’s 1965 TV sketch

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films  | Sherlock Jr.

Grace Kingsley’s Hollywood | Article on Buster’s coverage in LA Times film gossip                columns

Silver ScreeningsThe Cameraman

A Person in the Dark | “Learning About Buster” essay

Julia Hut | Artwork TBA

Silver17 Productions | Tribute video about surreal moments in Buster’s films

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest | “Buster Keaton: The Art of the Gags” essay

Big Riot V Squad | The Comique films and Roscoe Arbuckle’s team

In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodThe General

Critica RetroThe Saphead

Taking Up Room | How To Stuff a Wild Bikini

A la rencontre du Septième ArtOur Hospitality

The Stop ButtonHard Luck

The Wonderful World of CinemaThe Great Buster (2018)

40 thoughts on “ANNOUNCEMENT: The Fifth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon!

  1. I’d like to write something possibly called “Buster Keaton: genius filmmaker, adequate celebrity” all about his coverage in the LA Times film gossip columns. He wasn’t terrible at doing publicity, but he wasn’t great like Douglas Fairbanks.

    • Absolutely! Oh my gosh, you’re going to LOVE The Cameraman–it’s a gem! The first time experiencing a comedy classic is always the best, too–I’m almost jealous of Future You! 😉

  2. I am not much of a writer but I love to draw! Maybe I can contribute illustrations to go with some of the articles. All I would need is a few authors willing to volunteer, and a short description of the article. I would give the illustrations to the authors about a week before the Blogathon and they’d include it with their blog post. What do you think? (this is juliahut from Tumblr btw)

    • Hi Julia! I’ve seen your Buster artwork before, nice to “meet” you. 🙂 I think that’s a very cool and unique idea–maybe the bloggers who’ll be covering specific films would like to volunteer their articles? We’ll see how things go!

  3. How about another tribute video? I’d like to highlight BK’s surreal moments. I know he didn’t admit to such ideas about his films, but they are definitely there. Thanks for hosting once again!

  4. Looks great ! Buster is a true genius and I admire his work. Unfortunately as a French, English is not my mother tongue and I may feel like an intruder in this blogathon which is going to be great 😉 Our Hospitality is one of my favorite Buster movies and one of the greatest comedies in my opinion. I already wrote about this movie but I may develop more about it 🙂

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