Events:


2017

Friday, March 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Film Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0116, www.milibrary.org/events/cinemalit-film-series
Screening: Mata Hari (1931) starring Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro


2016

Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:30 pm

Book signing and introduction, "Joan Blondell: Blonde Crazy" retrospective
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310/206-8013, www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2016/blonde-crazy-joan-blondell
Screening: Blondie Johnson (1933), Blonde Crazy (1931), and Big City Blues (1932)

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8:00 pm

Guest Speaker, Marie Dressler Celebration Dinner, Dressler Museum reopening
Woodlawn Inn, Cobourg, Ontario
647-638-3025, www.mariedressler.ca/news

Friday, February 12, 2016, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Film Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0116, www.milibrary.org/events/now-voyager-1942-feb-12-2016
Screening: Now, Voyager (1942) starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid


2015

Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Film Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0116, www.milibrary.org/events/grand-hotel-apr-10-2015
Screening: Grand Hotel (1932) starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and Lionel Barrymore
Plus book signing of Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory, Kennedy's biography of Grand Hotel's director

Friday, March 20, 2015, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Film Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0116, www.milibrary.org/events/night-moves-1975-mar-20-2015
Screening: Night Moves (1975) starring Gene Hackman and Jennifer Warren


2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

Book signing and reading with clips, Roadshow!
Folio Books
3957 - 24th Street, San Francisco, CA
415/821-3477
www.foliosf.com


Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

Book signing and reading with clips, Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s
The Regulator Bookshop
720 - 9th Street, Durham, NC
919/286-2700
www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/matthew-kennedy


Saturday, February 1 – Friday, February 7, 2014
"Roadshow: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s" five film series based on the book,
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, New York
212/708-9400
Press Release
Film Schedule

Kennedy will introduce the following screenings:

Saturday, February 1
Gigi (1958) at 1:30 and Finian's Rainbow (1968) at 4:30

Book signing at 7:30

Funny Girl (1968) at 8:30

Sunday, February 2
Camelot (1967) at 2:00 and Cabaret (1972) at 6:15


Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100 rsvp@milibrary.org
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Caged (1950) starring Eleanor Parker and Agnes Moorehead


Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00 pm

Book signing and reading, Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
310/659-3110
booksoup.com


2013

Friday, September 13, 2013, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100 rsvp@milibrary.org
www.milibrary.org
Screening: A Star is Born (1937) starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March


2012

Friday, October 5, 2012, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100 rsvp@milibrary.org
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Midnight (1939) starring Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche


2011

Friday, February 4, 2011, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Libeled Lady (1936) starring William Powell and Myrna Loy


2010

Friday, September 3, 2010, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) starring Charles Laughton and Zasu Pitts


Friday, April 9, 2010, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Born to Kill (1947) starring Claire Trevor and Lawrence Tierney


Monday, February 22, 2010, 8 pm

Guest interview, Ten Percent, cable channel 104 Northern California, Available Via ON DEMAND
Produced by Comcast & David Perry
www.comcasthometown.com and www.davidperry.com


Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7:15 pm with live q&a following

Screening, Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis
Rialto Theater, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa
707/525-4840
www.rialtocinemas.com


2009

Film documentary interview, Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis


Friday, November 6, 2009, 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie


Friday, February 6, 2009, 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Hud (1963) starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, and Patricia Neal


Friday, January 30, 2009, 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Twentieth Century (1934) starring Carole Lombard and John Barrymore


2008

Film documentary interview, Three Vaudeville Women: May Irwin, Marie Dressler, Eva Tanguay


Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 29, 2008

"Joan Blondell: The Fizz on the Soda" eleven film retrospective, University of California Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley
510/642-1124
www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

Kennedy will sign copies of Joan Blondell in the Museum Store and introduce the following screenings:

Friday, June 13
Blonde Crazy (1931) at 7 pm, followed by Night Nurse (1931) at 8:55 pm

Sunday, June 15
Footlight Parade (1933) at 6:30 pm

The tribute continues after the 15th with screenings of Three on a Match (1932) and The King and the Chorus Girl (1937) on June 20, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) on June 22, There's Always a Woman (1938) and Three Girls About Town (1941) on June 25, Nightmare Alley (1947) on June 26, Lizzie (1957) on June 27, and Opening Night (1977) on June 29.


Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 9, 2008

Guest Star, Silver Screen Oasis, classic film website
www.silverscreenoasis.com


Mondays, March 31, April 7, April 14, 2008

Guest, Silver Screen Audio Podcast with Joel Blumberg
WGBB Radio 1240 Freeport New York
www.silverscreenaudio.com


2007

Wednesday, December 19 - Monday, December 31, 2007

"Joan Blondell: The Bombshell From 91st Street" thirteen-film retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, New York
212/708-9400
www.moma.org/exhibitions

Kennedy will introduce the following screenings:

Wednesday, December 19
Blonde Crazy (1931) at 6 pm and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) at 8 pm

Thursday, December 20
Blondie Johnson (1933) at 6 pm and Nightmare Alley (1947) at 8 pm

Friday, December 21
Footlight Parade (1933) at 6 pm and The Blue Veil (1951) at 8:30 pm

The tribute continues after the 21st with screenings of Night Nurse (1931), Three on a Match (1932), The King and the Chorus Girl (1937), There's Always a Woman (1938), Three Girls About Town (1941), Lizzie (1957), and Opening Night (1977).


Sunday, December 30, 2007, 6:30 pm, Western time

Guest, Book Talk with Alan Farley
KALW public radio, 91.7 FM
www.kalw.org/index.html


Thursday, December 20, 2007, 12:40 to 1 pm, Eastern time

Guest, The Leonard Lopate Show
WNYC New York Public Radio, 93.9 FM and AM 820
www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate


Saturday, December 15, 2007, 7:15 am, Pacific time

Guest, Interview with film critic Jan Wahl
KRON-TV Channel 4 San Francisco
www.janwahl.com


Saturday, December 1, 2007, approximately 5:30 pm

Book signing, Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco
415/777-4908
www.silentfilm.org


Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 7pm

Reading and book signing, Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes, The Booksmith
1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
415/863-8688, 1-800/493-7323
www.booksmith.com


Friday, November 2, 2007, 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Jezebel (1938) starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda


Friday, May 25, 2007, 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Gold Diggers of 1933 starring Joan Blondell, with select readings from Kennedy's upcoming biography Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes (University Press of Mississippi)


2006

Friday, September 22, 2006, 6:30 pm

Guest Speaker, CinemaLit Film Series, Mechanics Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco
415/393-0100
www.milibrary.org
Screening: Footlight Parade (1933) starring Joan Blondell, subject of Kennedy’s upcoming biography


Monday, January 16, 2006, noon

Guest Speaker, San Francisco Film Noir Festival, Palace of Fine Arts
Bay and Lyon Streets, San Francisco
www.filmnoirfoundation.org
Screening: Nightmare Alley (1947), directed by Edmund Goulding, subject of Kennedy’s biography Edmund Goulding’s Dark Victory (2004)

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