Welcome the CMBA's 10th Anniversary Blogathon! This blogathon is special! Ten years of the CMBA bringing classic film bloggers together to share and learn. Before we move on to this year's event, it seems fitting to provide a short history of the CMBA.
Rick Armstrong of the Classic Film and TV Café founded the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) on October 31, 2009. Rick's goal was to form a nonprofit organization of classic movie bloggers to promote classic movies, support its bloggers, establish quality standards, and recognize classic movie blogging excellence. Rick set up a website and designed the CMBA logo the same day. On November 1st, he invited Rupert Alistair of Classic Movies Digest to become the CMBA's second member.
Rupert was intrigued, but also had questions. In his first e-mails, he asked: "How did this entity come about? What is the criteria for involvement? Regular posts to the site? How are votes for new members gathered?" Rupert's questions led Rick to write the CMBA Charter, which contained the provision that, unlike most blogging associations, the CMBA's current members would vote on accepting new members and elect a Board of Governors to manage the organization. The CMBA's first members approved the CMBA Charter on November 22, 2009.
- In February 2010, the CMBA hosted its first blogathon, a celebration of Black History Month. Official CMBA blogathons continue to be hosted twice a year.
- By June 2010, the group consisted of 21 members, enough to elect a Board of Governors.
- In September 2010, the CMBA ended its first year by inaugurating the CiMBA Awards to recognize its members' best blog posts of the year. These awards of excellence continue to be given annually, though they are now simply known as the CMBA Awards.
Over the past 10 years, members have come and gone (life does sometimes get in the way of blogging), but the CMBA has endured and matured into a thriving organization with a social media presence and the respect of the world of classic film and its fans. Today, as the CMBA celebrates its 10th anniversary year with close to 90 members and counting, the future continues to be both promising and exciting for this group of impassioned classic movie bloggers.
Appropriately, this year's Fall Blogathon theme is Anniversaries. We have a great group of contributors joining in to celebrate. Links will be posted below as they become available.
October 15th (Tuesday)
Caftan Woman: Stray Dog 70th Anniversary
A Person in the Dark: "The Stars" 57 Years of Fascination
Critica Retro: The Spanish Flu Pandemic and how it affected the Film Industry - 100 Years
Make Mine Film Noir: Double Indemnity: Film Noir After Seventy-Five Years
Silver Screen Modes: 95th Anniversary of MGM
Stars and Letters: Dark Victory (80th Anniversary)
October 16th (Wednesday)
The Movie Night Group: The Canterville Ghost (75 Yrs)
Screen Dreams: 100th Anniversary of United Artists
Classic Film and TV Cafe: The Wild Bunch (50th Anniversary)
Silver Screenings: All The King's Men (70th Anniversary)
4 Star Films: The Third Man (1949)
October 17th (Thursday)
Old Hollywood Films: Ben-Hur (1959)
Shadows and Satin: Top Five Film Noirs of 70 Years Ago
Once Upon A Screen: 85 Years of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Backlots: Anniversary of Rita Hayworth's Birth
Cinematic Scribblings: Little Women (1994) 25th Anniversary
Twenty Four Frames: Easy Rider and The New Hollywood (1969)
October 18th (Friday)
In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Northwest Frontier (40 Years)
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: 1939 Turns Eighty
Strictly Vintage Hollywood: The Eyes of Youth (1919) 100th Anniversary
Hometowns to Hollywood: Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
Lady Eve's Reel Life: Bridging Old Hollywood and New: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)