“Dude! You Can’t Handle Snake Alley!”

"The party never stops at The Snake Alley Festival of Film."

“The party never stops at The Snake Alley Festival of Film.”

"It's a tough climb up Snake Alley.."

“It’s a tough climb up Snake Alley..”

That gauntlet gets thrown down to amateur and professional bicycle racers who come to Burlington, Iowa to compete in the Snake Alley Criterium. Imagine pedaling up Snake Alley with its 12.5 % grade. It’s considered one of the most physically challenging streets in the Midwest.
You’re such a lucky devil. You won’t have to climb it (unless you want to) when you come to the 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film. You can take the tour of Burlington that comes as part of the package. It stops at the top of Snake Alley (and you can walk DOWN) and stops again at the bottom (where they’ll pick you up). You can use your imagination to get a sense of what those poor souls on bicycles must feel.
Instead…you’ll be sitting in the air-conditioned Capitol Theatre watching some of the most amazing talent on Planet Earth. Following that, you’ll go to one of the fabulous “After Parties” and mingle with film makers, film buffs, writers, and actors. Last year the “Original After Parties” spawned “After, After Parties,” which went on into the wee hours. These were so popular that the musicians from the original parties followed the crowd. It was a late–night movable feast, or party, depending on your perspective. (We saw people dancing in the streets.)
After you’ve enjoyed The Snake Alley Festival of Film, the tours, and the After Parties, you can say with conviction, “Dude! I handled Snake Alley just fine!” Just don’t tell them it wasn’t on a bicycle.
On a side note, the judges have started reviewing some of the early entries. They weren’t expecting anything to be able to top last year’s talent, but now they aren’t so sure. There are some amazing films coming in.
If you think you can handle Snake Alley, we’ll see you there.

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