Lights! Camera! Action!

Well, we made it to Burlington safely, although my wife was not thrilled with the shortcut I took through the cornfields and woods.

I spent most of the day helping Lonnie, Tina, Paulina, Ryan, Mark, Alex, Amy, Mariah, Brian and a host of other amazing volunteers set up the theater Annex for the film festival.

All I can say is, this is going to be bigger and better than last year.
There will be a radio interview with a film maker from Australia and with a film maker from New York. Then…at exactly 11:00 A.M. the registration and sign ups begin. At noon it’s Showtime.

One of the film crews from New York arrived this afternoon and we got to see a preview of their film titled, “Phil’s Butts!” What a great bunch of guys and if this is the quality of films we can look forward to…I can’t wait to see the rest.

If you can get here (the New York crew drove 20 hours straight through), don’t miss this.

If I’m coherent and able to write after the party tomorrow, I’ll fill you in. As I once said, “Be there or be square.”

Beware the Ides of March

The Ides of March

The Ides of March

It appears that spring is on the way here in Iowa! The weather is getting warmer and the blobs of snow have disappeared. And YOU missed the March 1st deadline to enter your film in the Snake Alley Festival of Film. Not to worry there, Bunkey! You can still make the late-entry deadline of April 1st. (No fooling!)

Speaking of blobs, there was an Indie film that premiered in 1958 titled “The Blob!” It was shot in and around the small town of Downingtown, Pennsylvania and was the debut for a new actor (now deceased) who went on to become a well-known action star.

The Blob was shot for the grand total of $110,000 and went on to gross millions. The actor took a flat fee of $3000 instead of a percentage of the receipts, because he didn’t think it would do well and he had to pay rent and buy groceries. The theme song was written by an emerging songwriter named Burt Bacharach and went on to become a nationwide teenage hit.

The Blob itself was made with silicone and food coloring.

Can you name the lead actor in this cult classic Indie film?

An Oscar Is So Passé! You Really Want An Alley!

Capitol Theater, Lonnie Schuyler, and the coveted Alley Award

Capitol Theater, Lonnie Schuyler, and the coveted Alley Award

This beats an Oscar!

This beats an Oscar!

Think about it. If you watched the Oscar’s, it seems like every Tom, Dick, (there were a few of those) and Harry gets one for something. Best director, Best Toenail Collector, Best Butt-Kisser…you name it, there’s an award for it.
So which one has more value? If you drive around Hollywood, there are so many Oscar’s that people are using them for door stops. You can buy Oscar key chains, little plastic dashboard Oscars, and even Oscar toilet paper holders. BUT…the one thing you don’t see in Hollywood is an Alley. Alleys are so rare, that very few people have ever seen one, much less won one.
Last year at The Snake Alley Festival of Film a handful of dedicated film makers walked away with an Alley. This is a unique award that will inspire admiration from all who see it. You could read the covetous looks in the eyes of the few Hollywood types that were there. On the last day of the fest, as they gazed with envy on the winners of the Alleys, they knew they had to settle for watching Lonnie Schuyler man-handle his wiener.
If you want a chance to be one of the few people in the world who has an Alley sitting in your trophy case, you need to get your entry in. The final deadline is April 1st and we’re not fooling. (If you enter using the “Without a box” link, you can get a little extra time to polish your work of sheer genius.)