I had a few moments to update an earlier article concerning the TCM Film Festival, pass history, and updates for annoucnements, special guests, and films.

This is not a comprehensive list, and there may be errors, but it’s definitely a loose guideline timeline, and accompanying photos are not necessarily linked by the years in which they were initially created.

2010        2010         2010         2010        2010          2010           2010           2010             

The First TCM Film Festival was originally announced on September 9, 2009.

With Mrs. Peter Fonda, the man himself, Shirlee Fonda, and Robert Wolders on April 27, 2013….

Pass sales began 11-18, early incentive of $100 discount if passed purchased before 12-18 -2010

Films announced March 9, 2010.

Panel topics and panel guests March 18, 2010.

Christopher Plummer in 2015….

Spotlight Pass Contest began in March ….

Spotlight Passes sold out on February 18

Behind the scenes with Robert Osborne at the Hand and Footprint ceremony for Jerry Lewis in 2014….

2011      2011       2011        2011       2011      2011       2011       2011     2011       

Tippi Hedren and The Birds, selected films announcement on 12-11-2010

Film updates on 12-20-2010

Film festival update on 1-31-11

Social media fans with TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 2014….

2012      2012     2012      2012     2012     2012    2012    2012    2012     2012   

Film update on 1-31

Kim Novak announcement 3-6

Film and Special Guest updates on 3-8

Panel updates 3-19

Richard Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Illeana Douglas and celebrity fan crack smiles in 2014…

2013      2013      2013     2013       2013     2013      2013      2013     2013      2013         

Dates announced 10-10-2012

Spotlight Passes sold out on November 16

(Earliest on record and one day after sales began.)

Films and panels update on 1-17-14 Special Guests announcement on 4-17-13

Social media fans with TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz in 2012,,,,,

2014     2014      2014    2014    2014    2014     2014     2014     2014     2014    2014   The 20TH Anniversary Party!

Dates announced on October 2, 2013.

Festival promo video released on 10-2-2013

Quincy Jones announcement on 12-5-2013

Oklahoma! and Special Guests announced on 2-13-2013

Maureen O’Hara and other special guests announced on 2-5-13  Classic passes sold out before the festival.   Gone With The Wind, Why Worry? and The Wizard of Oz announced as screenings on 10-29

Essential passes sold out on 11-4-2013

Panel updates on Thursday, 3-13-2014 


Popular Bay Area fan Paula, Mr. Osborne’s first cousin Susan, and Senior TCM researcher Alexa Foreman prior to Robert Osborne’s surprise tribute in 2014…

2015      2015    2015     2015     2015    2015   2015    2015    2015    

TCM’s Scott McGee visits the Hollywood Time Machine on 9-27-14 and announces that a festival update is coming “soon.”

Hollywood Roosevelt sold out on 10-2-14

Announcement of festival theme and 4 Restorations coming to the festival on 11-4-14

Pass sales begin on 11-11-14

Upates on 3-13-15

Kim Novak and TCM Host Robert Osborne at the closing night party in Club TCM 2012…

2016?             2016?               2016?               2016?

Dates announced for TCMFF 2016 on Wednesday, August 28 for April 28-May 1

(The earliest announcement date of record.)

And we are all anxiously awaiting updates for the coming  year’s celebrations. Update: ESSENTIAL AND SPOTLIGHT PASSES SOLD OUT AT THE CITIBANK PRESALE ON 11-17-2015.

See you in 2016!

Why Jerry?

When Turner Classic Movies recently announced that Jerry Lewis would be a special guest at the TCMFF 2014 for a special screening of The Nutty Professor and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Forecourt (add TCL to the title of the movie house if you haven’t refused to change), the reaction was a visceral one among prospective passholders to the festival, and Jerry Lewis has always had that effect.

People usually either revile him or adore him, but it is now time to honor Lewis as an icon of Classic Hollywood before it is too late. Lewis, rumored to be part of an all-star cast of 2015’s Big Finish with Debbie Reynolds, Mary Tyler Moore, Tim Conway, Garret Morris, Don Rickles, and Bob Newhart, will certainly have a symbolic ‘big finish’ to his entertainment career once his footprints and handprints are enshrined in Grauman’s forecourt.

Why Jerry, then?

Well, for one reason, he will do just about anything for a laugh.

And he’s Classic Hollywood, for another…

He also has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and if there is one activity that marks every TCM Film Festival pass holder, it’s the admiration of Hollywood icons memorialized on the tourist stroll through t-shirt heaven, Hollywood Boulevard. Film fanatics from all over the world converge at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to pay homage and bask in cinematic glory of the bygone days and halcyon havens of the 20s to the 2000’s while viewing classic film and listening to panel experts extoll the virtues of the rapidly vanishing members of what may be deemed the classic era of Hollywood production. Travelers from Texas to Topeka stoop, stroll, walk and stare at the tiles on the Boulevard while flashes from iPhones light up the night as festival goers head home from an evening screening at a nearby theatre, but exhausted as they are, these visitors just have to have one more photo of someone’s star on the Walk of Fame.

Lewis’ accomplishments are also part of the machinations of his choice as an TCMFF honoree, and his veneration by the Europeans is probably part of his attraction. The Venice Film Festival’s Career Golden Lion in 1999, The Golden Camera for Lifetime Achievement in 2005 from Germany, a BAFTA nomination for his supporting role in The King of Comedy, and many lifetime achievement awards for his contributions to comedy might have something to do with it, as well as his humanitarian causes which led to his 2009 Jean Herscholt award from the Academy. He has writing, producting, acting, and directing credits, and he is still here.

When 19-year-old Jerome Levitch teamed up with one of his 29-year-old acquaintances named Dino Crocetti, some sort of magic happened, becoming known to the world as Martin and Lewis.

They became BFFs and supernovas, but ended up not talking for years until Frank Sinatra invited Dean on stage at a Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. It was historic when they teamed up, it was historic when they broke up, and it was historic when they reunited…
But despite pleas and attempts from Jerry, the relationship didn’t ever completely mend. When Martin’s son died in a plane crash, Jerry called to offer his condolences and a series of sporadic phone calls helped to end some of the possible pain of the breakup of Martin and Lewis.

Honoring Jerry Lewis for all of his comedic talents, his film credits, and his philanthropic gestures is the right choice to make. He’s tenacious, some say he grates on their nerves, and probably evokes everyone’s idea of the wacky, unruly kid in the cafeteria who is willing to put french fries up his nose to make everyone at his table guffaw. While some people are called to be policemen, accountants, or educators, some people seek the limelight for the attention so they can make us laugh. Jerry, I am sure, liked the attention, but he also has created more smiles for the general public of his times than say, someone like Nikita Kruschev or Robert Q. Lewis. Jerry Lewis has also inspired countless comedians who followed in his wake like Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams.

When I first heard that Jerry Lewis was chosen to be honored with a footprint ceremony, I never envisioned me writing about it, but he has certainly earned our respect and shown us new pathways to humor and philanthropy. He deserves our applause.

The Official Jerry Lewis Comedy Museum and Store:
Jerry’ Departure from the MDA Telethon:
A 2005 review of Dean and Me: A Love Story by Shawn Levy:
Jerry Lewis Filmography:

Why will we never see The Day the Clown Cried? Thanks to Facebook Friend Elise Crane Derby for the link: