Hello all, this is just a little query to my classic film blogger buddies out there about a future blogathon I’m thinking of hosting. You may remember that back in October (this blog’s first month of existence) I reviewed one horror film from each decade, from the 1910s to the 1980s. Since June is official LGBT Pride month here in the U.S., I was thinking of doing the same thing for LGBT-themed films this coming June. Then I thought, why not turn it into a community project – a blogathon? It wouldn’t have to be a month long, and not everyone would have to do a post for each decade (that’s just my plan); it could be one day, three days, a week, all depending on how many people want to participate. Any posts on the subject of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender – anything that could possibly fall under the umbrella term of “queer” (and yes I am aware that LGBT is just the short list) – themes or individuals relevant to classic film would be acceptable. Reviews or analyses of specific films or scenes, nonfiction book reviews, or profiles of actors or filmmakers would all be considered applicable, so long as they somehow fit the theme.
I don’t want to go into too many details right now; this is simply a query to see if anyone would even be interested in participating in such an event. If you can’t think of any ideas for posts right now, don’t worry about it; responding here in no way obligates you to contribute when June finally rolls around. Plus I’d be more than happy to provide some examples of where to find especially interesting “coded” depictions of queer themes in Hays Code-era films. All I need is a show of hands and a pat on the back to let me know that, if I did do a blogathon on this topic, I wouldn’t be the only one contributing. I’ve never hosted a blogathon before, but I think it would be fun to organize and manage; but if the response is larger than expected, I might look for a second blogger to help me host it. Give a shout in the comments if you’d be interested in helping out in this way, too.