And So…Let The Judging Begin!

One of the awards for film makers.

One of the awards for film makers.

As you may have noticed in the last unpunctuated, haphazard, post—the selection committee has made their choices known.

If yours is one of the films selected, “Congratulations!”

If your film or screenplay didn’t get chosen, know this: Some of the entries were screened three and four times. The level of talent and quality of work (including yours) was that close. Please continue to produce the quality of work that we had the privilege to watch.

And please attend The Snake Alley Festival of Film and support your fellow film makers. Last year, we saw some wonderful friendships develop and watched some great collaborations begin.

As to the list that was published last week: If your film was there, I’m sure you were able to pick it out of the word jumble. If not…and you’re trying to figure out the titles…Good Luck! It seems that someone was so excited that he forgot to use punctuation. I won’t mention any names (Lonnie) but hopefully, it will get updated soon.

And if you think the selection committees had a tough job—just imagine what the judges are going through.

On a final note…The Snake Alley Festival of Film opens in about 5 ½ weeks! Woo Hoo!

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This years Official Selection

The Predators Return Black Irish Buffalo Must Die Naked Bumsicle Any Moment Now Too Late Now Stand Up or Shut Up Ovni Animation Hotline Being Frank Imagine Mars II Division Azul Rose, Mary and Time Revenge Flame of Hayabusa Exit the Dead Prometeo Thumb A Prairie Wind Peace, Love and Zombies Breakaway Folktale Manfred in the Waiting Room Ragman Next to You The Hanging of the Hodges 8 Guns over a Dead Girl The Rose of Turaida Across the Tracks Me My Wife and our Cow Dead Kansas Resistance The Telegram Man One Bedroom The Tell-Tale Heart Revelation Sahasi Chori The Puritans Alone Elegy for a Revolutionary The Incident of the Giant Ammonia-Breathing Space Crab Posey The Perfect Kiss Dejad unMensaje Despues de la Sanal From Uranus Tozeret Bait An Honest Life Treibjagd Tender Far Intersection 20zwoelf Acid Pauli – Equation of Time Ada – Happy Birthday Andersartig Ankommen Ararat Carrousel Domicile Dreieinhalb Felix Heart says Explode It’s Consuming Me Dans Le Jardin Du Nil Jeanetmila Missfall Musik Liegt in der Luft Nachwachter The Hopper Vor Dir Erinnerungen an den Sommer Pro Kopf Another Fucking Solo Just a Favor Little Buddies Paper People Quiet Please Bring Me a Dream Witchbane: Hunters Bishtar az do Saat One year’s Crop Phil’s Butts Forsaken

“Yes, We’ve Got Trouble”

Port of Burlington Visitor Center

Port of Burlington Visitor Center

If you’re following the news about the flooding along the Mississippi, you may have noticed that they mentioned the Quad Cities area. Burlington (home of the Snake Alley Festival of Film) is one of those four cities. (Quad means ‘four’ there, Sparky.)

Not to worry, mi amigo. The flooding here will not hamper our production. The show(s) will go on.

But, enough of that for now. It’s time to announce the answers to the Snake Alley Festival of Film trivia challenge. Check your answers to the questions in the last post to see if you’re a winner.

The name of the movie about two con-men was “The Music Man.” The actor who beat Sinatra for the lead role was Robert Preston. This movie made him an A-List Star. His con-man partner was played by comedian Buddy Hackett. The female lead was played by Shirley Jones.

“The Music Man” was written by Iowa native Meredith Wilson. He went by his middle name of Meredith, but his actual first name was Robert. He was born in Mason City, Iowa and “The Music Man” premiered there in 1962. In addition to “The Music Man” he wrote “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and did a production for California’s Centennial and Oregon’s Centennial. He also wrote the University of Iowa’s fight song and Iowa State’s fight song.

Did you get all of the answers? Congratulations! Contact us during the Snake Alley Festival of Film and we’ll arrange for you to kiss the winning wieners. (You lucky dog!)

The party begins in only six more weeks. Just remember…tickets include invitations to the “after” parties.

Keep those cameras rolling.

I’m The Taxman

Kiss the Wiener

Kiss the Wiener

So, what does a song by The Beatles have to do with the Snake Alley Festival of Film…or even Iowa? Keep reading Sunshine. We’re getting there.

In 1962 a movie about two con men premiered in Mason City, Iowa, not too far from Burlington. One of the songs from that movie was recorded by The Beatles on their 1964 album titled “Meet The Beatles.” The name of that song was “Til There Was You.”

When they were filming the movie, Jack L. Warner (of Warner Bros.) wanted Frank Sinatra to play the lead. The writer insisted on someone else and his choice was final. The movie made the writer’s choice into an A-list Star.

So, why did I choose a song called “The Taxman” in a blog about the Snake Alley Festival of Film? Because April 15th was tax day. It was also the final deadline for entries into the film fest.

But you can still be a winner.

Guess the name of the movie, the names of the two men who played the con men (starting with the guy who beat out Sinatra), and the first name of the writer of the movie.
If you get all three correct, you’ll win a prize. Get two correct and win a prize for second place. Get one right and you get a third place prize.

The prizes? First place gets to kiss the winner of the Cyn-A-Palooza wiener dog races. Second place gets to kiss two dogs, and third place gets to…well, you get the idea.

The judges are working their eyeballs to the bone. It’s gonna be a great fest.

Busted!

Lonnie and his Dad

Lonnie and his Dad

Well, it looks like I’ve been outed! And by my own son, no less!

If you’ve been following The Snake Alley Festival of Film blog, (You ARE following the blog, right? RIGHT?) Then you’ve probably noticed that the intrepid blogster mentions various folks from time to time in the posts. These are people I met at last year’s film fest and decided to spotlight in the blog.

To a man (or woman as the case may be) they busted their humps helping make the first annual Snake Alley Festival of Film the huge success that it was. They deserve all the recognition they get. I (of my own volition) chose to honor them in my own humble, irreverent, and inimitable, style with humor, affection, and a touch of sarcasm. And…since I live 1500 miles from Burlington, down in Tampa, Florida…I can get away with a lot!

Anyway, to make a long story short, I created a fanciful tale about Lonnie and Cyn in my last blog post. It must have stirred up some dust (hee-hee-hee) because Lonnie felt the need to “out” his poor, aged father, to the world as the blogger of record.

In the picture at the beginning of this post you’ll see a picture of Lonnie and me. (I’m the pretty one on the left.)

I will be there again this year for The Second Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film…so come up and introduce yourself. I promise I won’t put you in this blog. NOT!

Signed, Lonnie’s Dad

“A Tale of Original Sin!”

Wiener Dog Races

Lonnie and Cyn

And so it came to pass that actor, writer, and director, Lonnie Schuyler did gaze upon the countenance of Iowa girl Cynthia Stiefel. And he was sorely tempted by her to leave The Garden of Weird and Evil (Hollywood) and follow her to the land of milk and honey (known locally as corn and pigs!)

Thus did they wed and began a life of business and civic endeavors in a town called Burlington in the land of Iowa.
Cynthia (or Cyn as she is now called) opened a boutique and named it Original Cyn’s. She became involved in the revitalization of Burlington’s downtown area and with the help of other merchants began an annual street festival that draws many travelers to the area and promotes the main street and downtown revival.

This festival…called Cyn-A-Palooza, is replete with games, sales, live jousting with those intrepid ferret and weasel hunters, (actually—Wiener dog races) and fun for the entire family.

Lonnie gazed upon this land and the river that runs by it and saw that it was good. He thus began to make movies utilizing the river and surrounding lands. As his movies took him to other towns and film festivals, he realized that his betrothed had led him to an ideal location for a film festival.

With visions of using the refurbished Capitol Theater and Burlington’s revitalizing downtown, he began planning a film festival to be unique among others. He sensed that using the towns major landmarks would be the key to making it stand out. With the church steeples as a backdrop and Snake Alley as a theme, The Snake Alley Festival of Film was born.

And so…with much fanfare, and to once again bestow much merriment on the town of Burlington, in the land called Iowa, the 10th Annual Cyn-A-Palooza will take place on June 8th, following the 2nd Annual Snake Alley festival of Film. (June 6-8)

Be there or thou-est will be square!

Let’s “Forge” Ahead!

The"Alley"

Bill and Betty Printy

Mark Heisdorffer

Pictures in decending order order are: The “Alley,” Bill and Betty Printy, and Mark Heisdorffer.

Have you checked out our new poster? It’s pure creative genius.

And speaking of creative genius, you may not be aware that the awards given out at The Snake Alley Festival of Film are one-off, hand-made, custom-designed, pieces of sculpture! But they are! Raw iron is forged into beautiful works of art not found anywhere else on the planet. Then each piece is mounted on a wooden base and inscribed with the name of the award and the date.

The “Alley’s” are the brain-child of blacksmith, artist, and creative genius, Bill Printy who is ably assisted by Mark Heisdorffer.

So, if you do win an “Alley,” not only do you have bragging rights, you now have a true collector’s item.

Also, Bill Printy’s wife is a renowned potter who created and copyrighted Queen Anne’s Lace Pottery (named after the flower) and each unique piece has a flower fired right into it. She also has a pottery piece in every Governor’s Mansion in the U.S.

Bill and Betty, own the Iron and Lace Shop in Bentonsport, Iowa. Their web site is http://www.ironandlace.com

While you’re here for The Snake Alley Festival of Film, and you have energy left after Cyn-A-Palooza, be sure and visit their studio, gallery, and shop. They will teach you how to do (blacksmithing, pottery, weaving, and forge-welding) if you’re interested.

And…if you missed the late deadline of April 1st, you’ve still got a chance. Just click on the “withoutabox” box to enter.

If you want to subscribe to this blog, pay attention to Laura Woodard of Grassroots Marketing when she says, “Click on the teeny-weeny little box in the lower right corner of the page.”

What is Cyn-A-Palooza? Stay tuned and find out! Ciao, baby!