Not too long ago my fellow blogger Crystal, who runs the fine site In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood, contacted me with an idea: How about we cohost a blogathon in honor of Silent Movie Day? Well well well, that sure sounds right up my alley.
“Wait, ‘Silent Movie Day’? Is that a real thing>” you ask. Why yes, it certainly IS a real thing! Just this past January, Chad Hunter, executive director of Video Trust and director of the Pittsburgh Silent Film Society, archivist Brandee B. Cox of the Academy Film Archive, and archivist Steven K. Hill of the UCLA Film & Television Archive all put their heads together and decided to create a National Silent Movie Day. Described simply as “a day to celebrate and enjoy silent movies,” it will be held on September 29. And it won’t be celebrated just this year, but every year! As its founders wrote:
Anyone can participate! Ask your local cinema to show a silent picture with live music; watch a silent movie on a streaming platform or on disc; write a blog or an article for your local newspaper; read a book about your favorite silent movie star; or create a podcast. Use your imagination and post on your social media on September 29 to show how you celebrate the day. This is our moment as silent movie fans, academics, programmers, and newcomers to share our mutual love and appreciation for this unique period in motion picture history. It is also an opportunity to rally around surviving silent pictures that are still in need of preservation.
So in honor of this brand-new rival of Easter and Christmas, Crystal and I are hosting a one-day Silent Movie Day Blogathon–and all bloggers are invited!
When: September 29, 2021
Where: In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and right here on Silent-ology!
How: To participate, please choose any silent film-related topic you desire. You could cover a favorite actor, an esteemed director, an obscure film, a unique genre, a scholarly analysis of Chaplin’s mustache–the sky’s pretty much the limit! Then, leave a comment below or on Crystal’s blog. Don’t forget to include your blog address! On the day of the blogathon itself, please send me the link to your post (or send it to Crystal, depending on which blog you used to sign up) whenever it’s ready. Pretty easy!
- Duplicates are 100% allowed!
- No more than two posts per participant, por favor (in case you’re feeling ambitious!).
- This is a celebration of silent film, so let’s keep things respectful and informative. No Hollywood Babylon-wannabes necessary. *wink*
- New posts only, my friends!
- Please mention our blogathon in your post, and consider adding a little info about Silent Movie Day too.
- And if you please, choose one of our festive banners below and help spread the word about this event!
Sound good? Me and Crystal are excited, too! Happy writing, everyone!
Silent-ology | TBA
Grace Kingsley’s Hollywood | Covering the lost film The Legend of Hollywood (1924)
Wild About Houdini | The silent films of Harry Houdini
Cinematic Scribblings | Tokyo Chorus (1931) and That Night’s Wife (1930)
Taking Up Room | Show People (1928)
ReelWeegieMidgetReviews | Peter Pan (1924)
Nitrateglow | Top grossing movies of 1921
Critica Retro | Souls for Sale (1923)
Caftan Woman | The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
The Thoughts of One Truly Loved | The Circus (1928)
All About Rudolph Valentino | Rudy’s influence on silents
The Story Enthusiast | The Scarlet Letter (1926)
Hometowns to Hollywood | Girl Shy (1924)
Cinematica | Coney Island (1917)
LA Daily Mirror | TBA
The Classic Movie Muse | Hot Water (1924)
MovieMovieBlogBlogII | The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)
Strictly Vintage Hollywood | Lost film Uncharted Seas (1921)
Silver Screenings | The Hoodlum (1924)
Silent Locations | The Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd Alley campaign