“Boomtown, Baby!”

Do you know that Burlington, Iowa was named one of the top 50 most livable cities for baby-boomers? Yep! None other than The Huffington Post gave us that distinction.

We like to think that The Snake Alley Festival of Film contributed to us winning that honor. (Well…that and the Wiener dog races.)

And speaking of things that are booming, The Snake Alley Festival of Film is going crazy this year. It has really blown up on us. Great new talent, lots of quality entries, and new volunteers to help out.

Not only that, but this year’s “after parties” look like they’re going to be over the top. (I just hope my poor liver can take it. But, I’ll suffer through it.)

The late entry deadline is roaring up on you if you haven’t got your film in yet. April 1st is the last day. So get ‘em in here…NOW!

See you at the Capitol Theater, or the “after parties,” or both. And for the really brave, the “after, after parties” at the Hopkins residence.

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Rules? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules!

“Rules, Schmools, I’m a movie maker! I specialize in breaking the rules!”
Actually, when you’re creating something new, breaking the rules can precipitate that break-out moment when you go, “Voila! That’s exactly the mood I’m shooting for!” And in that situation, rule breaking works. But to have The Snake Alley Festival of Film run smoothly, we have to have SOME rules.
But, if you ask anyone who attended last year, the rules were a non-issue. In fact, if you were at any of the “after parties” you would have sworn that there were no rules at all. It appeared to be an “anything goes” atmosphere. If you look through the pictures posted on the website, http://www.snakealleyfestivaloffilm.com you’ll notice that everyone is laughing and having a great time. Alcohol played a small part in that, but the camaraderie, great people, and friendship played the biggest part.
As for the rules, go to the website’s home page here http://www.snakealleyfestivaloffilm.com and click on the box that says “withoutabox.” All of the entry deadlines, contact info…and, yes, “the rules” are listed there.
Will there be any rules broken this year? I wouldn’t rule it out. (I can hear the groans out there.)