Saturday, June 16th was declared “Buster Keaton Day” in Los Angeles, and included an entire weekend of festivities. The event I attended on that particular day—a plaque dedication—is one I’ll hold very dear to my heart. Somewhere in Hollywood, on the southwest corner of Lillian Way and Eleanor Avenue, stands a plain-looking movie prop warehouse. Nearly 100 years prior, it was the site where Buster Keaton’s independent studio once graced.
Last semester, I took a course on women filmmakers and it quickly became one of my favorite classes. Some of the early filmmakers we studied included (but were certainly not limited to) Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, and Germaine Dulac. Since then, it’s left me wanting to learn more, and Flicker Alley’s newest release seems to be the perfect jumping-off point. Their new set features works by the aforementioned filmmakers, along with ten other pioneering ladies. What’s more—they’re hosting a giveaway, and I am thrilled to be partnering with them!
Now that the word is finally out through social media, I’d like to make a post here regarding the great event of 2017: Buster Keaton’s centennial, otherwise known as BK100. As part of the International Buster Keaton Society, BK100 will act as a central hub for all things Keaton-related happening throughout the year. There’s lots in store, and major planning is already underway, so feel free to check out the official website here for more information and updates!