If you've been here for some time you might recall that the Film Experience was once one of the main pushers of the phenom known as the blog-a-thon where multiple sites posted on a specific topic simultaneously. I hosted three of the largest blog-a-thons the web had ever seen at the time (Michelle Pfeiffer 2006, Vampires in Cinema 2006 and Action Heroines 2007) before collapsing from exhaustion / 'thon burnout... that happened pretty much everywhere since the sites that used to keep calendars of such events stopped keeping track, too.
The blog-a-thon has essentially been replaced by the film clubs which come in two forms: one site hosted discussions or formatted like old school 'thons with links to every site discussing the topic. The other 'thon replacement is the monthly event/tradition like, for example, StinkyLulu's awesome Supporting Actress Smackdown series which is about to hit its 34th installment. WOW. That's devotion.
Here are some upcoming gatherings you might want to keep an eye on if you, like me, are beginning to miss the community feel that such gatherings once prompted.
Final Girl Film Club Slaughter High (1986) ~Oct. 19th (hilarious article)
TOERIFC Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) ~ Oct 19th (extremely long article and a bajillion comments so jump in)
Hugo Stiglitz... Italian Horror Blog-a-thon ~Oct 19th-31st (just startin')
StinkyLulu Supporting Actress Smackdown (1956) ~Nov 1st
TOERIFC Orson Welles' F For Fake (1974) ~ Nov tba
Frankensteinia The Boris Karloff Blog-a-thon ~Nov 23rd-29th
TOERIFC Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952) ~ Dec tba
As ever... time is the thorn in my side or I'd try to do it all. As for this site's group efforts, another episode of "Best Pictures From the Outside In" is coming up very soon with Unforgiven and Casablanca as the twin subjects.