Has It Been A Month?

This Friday is July 4th also known as Independence Day. That marks one month since The Snake Alley Festival of Film convened in beautiful Burlington, Iowa. It’s hard to believe a month has passed. It seems like only yesterday.

Of course, the other side of midnight is that it has taken me almost a month to recuperate. What with the rockin’ after parties, great films, fun readings of some fabulous screenplays, and being shanghaied at the last second to play a part in a play I hadn’t read (thanks JoJo and Kara)…it’s a wonder I’m not still in bed. Absolutely too much fun in one place!

On top of that, my children forced me to mow “the back 40” and I have the whip scars on my arm to prove it.

In fact, things were such a blur that I was man-handled (maybe I should say woman-handled) by six women and almost didn’t remember it! (God! I hope that’s not a symptom of old age.) the picture posted here proves it happened—and this was before the drinking started.

Met some old friends, made some new ones, and had a great time in general including the very wet Wiener Dog races. If you missed it…well there’s always next year. And, believe me, next year will be even better!

Happy Birthday America!




Down To The Wire!

We are watching the last block of films for the night. This will be followed by a Catered Red Carpet Party. The Red Carpet Party is usually held in the street in front of The Capitol Theater, but due to a lot of rain, it had to be moved indoors.

Oh, well! The lobby of the theater and the theater annex will be a bit cramped, but the film makers and film goers will get to know each other better. It’ll be warm and cozy.

Following the Red Carpet Party, the Awards Ceremony will be held and film makers, screen writers, and the audience will discover who goes home with the coveted “Alley Award” or the inspired “Writer’s Block.”

Prior to this section of The Snake Alley Festival of Film, was Cyn-A-Palooza. The Wiener Dog races were run in a monsoon, but the short-legged contenders put on their snorkels and were up for the challenge. There was a lot of barking, yapping, and smack-talking…but run they did. No Wiener dogs were hurt during these races.

Once we get finished with the awards ceremony, everyone will head to Martini’s for the final “after party” this year. Then, it’s home to “dry out” and plan a new film project for next year.

If you missed The Snake Alley Festival of Film this year, you missed a fun, and rocking event. Plan to be there next year. I’m already hearing rumblings of bigger and better doings for next year.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Well, we’re into day 4 of The Snake Alley Festival of Film. So far it has been a fun and amazing event. Everyone here is friendly and there are some amazingly talented people concentrated in a small area.

One of the new features this year was to have actors read scripts submitted by screenwriters. JoJo Munkee did an amazing job of collecting actors and rehearsing them. This feature gives screenwriters get to see their words come to life. It helps them to visualize how their words play as an interaction between characters.

Just seconds before one of the scripts was to be read, JoJo got word that two actors were involved in a car accident, so she shanghaied yours truly to fill one of the parts. No rehearsal, no nothing. I was literally handed a script as I walked on stage and was told I was playing the part of Ozzie, an elderly black man. The title of the screenplay was “All Aboard!”

I missed my cues a couple of times and missed leaving the stage during one part.

Everyone was very complimentary and told me I did a good job. I thought to myself, “I don’t think I should quit my day job.”

It was all in good fun and in the name of art, so no harm, no foul.

If you’ve never been to an indie film festival, I urge you to go. If you want to attend a great indie film festival, come to The Snake Alley Festival of Film in Burlington, Iowa.

Tonight’s after party is at The Drake and promises to be a real blast.

And Saturday is Cyn-A-Palooza, complete with a street carnival, big sales, and topped off with Weiner Dog Races.

Then, on Saturday night, we have a street party in front of the Capitol Theater, the awards ceremony, and another after party at Martini’s. Follow Snake Alley Festival of Film on Facebook and see all of the pictures.Image

Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and lightning refers to the weather last night during the last block of films. But it has cleared a bit and is really nice.

Well, day one is in the bag and day two is winding down…except for the after party.  I’ll let you know how that went tomorrow…maybe.

The foreign film block was amazing. People are still talking about it.

I’m going to post a few pictures now that my computer is back on line and functioning. If you couldn’t make it this year, you have my sympathies. This is going to be the best fest yet.

The people in this town (Burlington, Iowa) rock. Warm, friendly, and really into the arts.

Enjoy the early-bird pictures of the 3rd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film.

“Jaws Was Never My Scene—And I Don’t Like Star Wars!”


If you recognize these lyrics, you’ll recall that they’re from a 1978 “Queen” song called “Bicycle Race.” And this Saturday, May 24th, 2014 in beautiful Burlington, Iowa they held a bicycle race called The Snake Alley Criterium.  This just one of a series of races held this Memorial Day weekend in and around Southeast Iowa.

And, of course, the Snake Alley Criterium is followed by The Snake Alley Festival of Film in little more than a week’s time.

The Snake Alley Festival of Film is followed by Cyn-A-Palooza and their world-class Wiener Dog races.

And on the heels of Cyn-A-Palooza is a big music festival called “Steamboat Days.”

The, of course, there’s the Snake Alley Art Festival followed by…”I don’t know, I can’t keep up with all the happenings in this town.”

The bottom line is—This town rocks. But that begs the question, “When do these folks work?”

All joking aside, this year’s Snake Alley Festival of Film is going to be bigger and better than ever. The reason I mentioned those other events is to show you that there is always something going on here…and something for everyone. So, bring your family to The Snake Alley Festival of Film and let them enjoy all that Burlington, Iowa has to offer.


Can you guess the significance of the number 72 and what it has to do with The Snake Alley Festival of Film?

Is it how old Lonnie looks after The Snake Alley Festival of Film is over for this year?

Is it the number of typos and grammatical corrections that Tina will have to fix before the final lineup is submitted to the printer? (You see, it works like this: Pancho corrects Lonnie’s work. Tina corrects Pancho’s work. Then—when everything is printed—some bright-eyed grammarian will spot a mistake and loudly point it out.)

Could 72 be the number of steps Lonnie takes in one direction when he’s pacing back and forth?

Nope! It’s none of the above.

“72” is the number of unbelievably talented submissions that will be shown at the Capital Theater during this year’s Snake Alley Festival of Film. Add to that the reading of some phenomenal screenplays, tours of Burlington like you’ve never seen it, Q & A’s with actors, screenwriters, and film makers, followed by knock-your-socks-off after parties…and you’ve got some idea of what’s in store for you at this year’s Snake Alley Festival of Film.

If this is your first time, you’ll see why this is called a “must see” event!

And I’ve got one word for that grammarian whose waiting. (Should that have been who’s?) And that word is “Theiy’re”! (As in, “They’re buying their tickets so they can be there.) Pffftt!