Summertime…and the livin’ is easy!

Tina and Jo Jo at the Capitol Theater

Lonnie on Fontana Lake

Lonnie on Fontana Lake

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over. And it’s been nearly three months since The 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film was held at the Capitol Theater in Burlington, Iowa.

Since that time, life goes on. As you can see by the photos, Tina and JoJo are staying busy at the Capitol Theater and Lonnie Schuyler is relaxing on Fontana Lake in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. (Or is he scouting locations?)

We hear that film makers are working on new short films for next year’s film fest.

Russ Fry is working on another historical documentary. Phil Pool, Mike Roberson, and Brandy Swartz are taking pictures of anything that will hold still…and rumor has it that “The Boyz from Boston” may return and bring “The Bride of Samurai” (Brian’s new bride) with them.

Until then, shoot film while the weather is good and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Edit when the snow falls, unless you’re doing a movie that takes place in the winter. (Here in Florida we don’t have that problem.)


Bits and Pieces!

Brian Moyer and bride

Just so you know we haven’t been sleeping on the job, (maybe napping a bit, but not really sleeping) we bring you some news and tidbits since The 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film wrapped up.

Russ Fry, who has been a big supporter of this festival since it began, is working on a new historical film. Last year he screened “The Hanging of The Hodges.” His new film’s working title is “A Ride Around Historical North Hill; Burlington, Iowa!” As with all of Russ’ work, he does a lot of research and gets some interesting facts of history for this area.

Stephen Folker’s latest film is titled “Field Freak” and is in production in Eastern Iowa. It is slated for release in 2014.
Mikeal Burgin’s film, “Bring Me A Dream” continues to win awards after his big win at The 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film. The latest is The Best Iowa Film at the 2013 Hardacre Film Festival. It also got a nice write-up in the Cedar Rapids newspaper.

David Thrasher posted a link to a book he had read titled “The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV, and Video Content in an Online World” by Jeff Ulin. Here’s the link: Monetizing/dp/024081200X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375497047&sr=8-1&keywords=business+of+media+distribution

Here is a nice freebie if you plan to market your own films (or anything else for that matter). Go to and sign up for the free monthly newsletter. It’s full of practical, useable marketing tips that you can implement now.

In the meantime start making plans to attend, enter, show-up-for, or be at The 3rd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film. If you aren’t there, we’ll make fun of you (and you won’t even know.)

This just in: Brian Moyer, who played the chain-smoking Samurai in the People’s choice winner “Phil’s Butts,” got married. (Cue the Queen song, “Another One Bites The Dust”) Just kidding! Congratulations to the newly-weds. Their photo is at the top of this post.