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.)

Great Films In A Wiener Wonderland!

Film maker Q and A

Flash in the pan

Mad Russian

One unique event that happens in conjunction with the Snake Alley Festival of Film is Cyn-A-Palooza. It’s a family oriented street carnival highlighted by the Annual Pet Parade and the Wiener Dog Races.

This might just be one of the funniest and fun-est (is that a real word?) you’ve ever seen. Betting IS encouraged, with the proceeds benefitting the SPCA.

This is held right around the corner from the Capitol Theater during a lull in the film screenings. This is a “bucket list” event.

The “after party” last night was held at the Drake on the outdoor patio. Talk about ambiance…a very comfortable summer night, the stars, the river…all in sight of a beautiful bridge. Entertainment by “Flash In The Pan,” was “rockin’ da house!” (If you’ve never seen “the Mad Russian” play a fiddle, you must see this.)

Prior to the party, I sat in the theater for the last block of Friday’s screenings. It wasn’t easy finding a seat. The house was packed and it was close to being an SRO event. The Q and A session with the film makers was lively, spirited, and informative.

This year’s awards ceremony features live entertainment and a musical revue. Sorry you couldn’t be here. You missed a fun event.

This festival has grown to three times the size it was last year. In fact, the sightseeing tour had to turn people away. For those of you who didn’t make this year’s fest…lock in the dates for next year. We’re already planning to add more events.

“Don’t Print That!”

Capitol Theater 1941

This week’s post was to have a listing of all of the entries in The Snake Alley Festival of Film in a readable format.

I was sent the list. It was immediately followed by an email saying, “DON’T PRINT THAT YET!” Evidently there were some mistakes. So, here I sit, waiting…and waiting…and waiting…

The photo at the top is the Capitol Theater in 1941. It was posted on Facebook by Russ Fry. (Thanks, Russ!)

Judging by the crowds in front of the theater, something major was going on. (Remember, in 1941 we were in the midst of World War II and the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. All the movies of the day were preceded by newsreels of war footage taken by war correspondents. TV wasn’t available yet.)

Also happening in 1941, Cheerios was introduced as a breakfast cereal and Chanel No.5 made its debut. The first commercial television broadcast license was issued and Channel 3, KYW-TV in Philadelphia went on the air.

The movie “Citizen Kane” directed by and starring Orson Welles premiered in NYC.
And, last but not least, the Oscar statuette was copyrighted in Hollywood.

The Snake Alley Festival of Film opens in a few weeks, so be sure to join us next week, when we MIGHT have a list of the films that are entered.

Tickets are now available! Finally! Get ‘em while they’re hot! Prices start at $7.00 for one block of films, $20.00 for a day pass, and $45.00 for the entire fest. And…you get to go to the after parties. So how do you get these much-sought-after tickets?

Well, you could wait until you get there and hope you don’t get shut out. Or…you can buy them on line at http://www.redtrucktickets.com , or call Tina Salamone at 319-237-1099. (She’s the lady who runs things at the Capitol Theater) http://www.burlingtoncapitoltheater.org

What!?! You Don’t “Like” Us?

Official Selection

Do you see that Logo right above this post? When your entry is selected to be in The Snake Alley Festival of Film, you get to use that logo. All of the entrants will be using it. They’ll put it on their websites, their marketing materials, and on their posters. Heck! They might even have it tattooed on their posteriors! (But we don’t encourage that sort of thing.)

So, you may ask, what’s that got to do with “liking” us? Well, Sunshine, if you go to The Snake Alley Festival of Film’s Facebook page and “Like” us or “Like” our page, you’ll start getting previews of all the cool flicks that will be shown this year. Those are the “official selections,” hence the logo.

Surely you remember the “un-punctuated” list of official selections.
See—if you get all of the previews by “Liking” The Snake Alley Festival of Film’s Facebook page—you’ll know where the punctuation is supposed to go.

Plus, you’ll get glimpses into some amazing talent. It’s like an appetizer before the feast.

The Facebook page where you can “Like” us is here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Snake-Alley-Festival-of-Film/252499188099817?fref=ts

If you want to join the group, go here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/161901397214186/?fref=ts

This just in on May 7th!!! Tickets are now available! Finally! Get ’em while they’re hot! Prices start at $7.00 for one block of films, $20.00 for a day pass, and $45.00 for the entire fest. And…you get to go to the after parties. So how do you get these much-sought-after tickets?
Well, you could wait until you get there and hope you don’t get shut out. Or…you can buy them on line at http://www.redtrucktickets.com , or call Tina Salamone at 319-237-1099. (She’s the big mahoff at the theater.) http://www.burlingtoncapitoltheater.org

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

Ryan’s and Brian’s and Bears! Oh My!

Amazing Eats

Amazing Eats

Amy and Charlie Walsh

Amy and Charlie Walsh

Brian Hopkins

Brian Hopkins

Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner

With apologies to all you “Wizard of Oz” fans out there. The “three bears” we’re referring to are Ryan Turner, Brian Hopkins, and Charlie Walsh. In reality they are all lovable Teddy Bears who do a lot to promote The Snake Alley Festival of Film.

Charlie is the Vice-President of F&M Bank and Trust. They were the ones responsible for the amazing eats in the set up in the lobby of the bank and for the street party between the bank and the Capitol Theater.

Ryan Turner is the guy was the MC at the awards ceremony and at various points during the fest. We also hear that he was spotted doing the Harlem Shake at the Shottenkirk Superstore.

Brian Hopkins was the go-to guy for any and everything. When he wasn’t selling real estate he sold tickets, lined up sponsors…you name it. Brian was “the man.”

All three of these guys went above and beyond to make The Snake Alley Festival of Film a success. And you can tell by the pictures that they really enjoy their work.

Also…Charlie Walsh isn’t really that big. It’s just that his wife, Amy, (pictured with him) is only 4 feet tall! Just kidding! He IS that big. Where do you think I got the idea for “bears?”

Don’t forget the late deadline of April 1st! But…if you’ve really been foolish and can’t make it by the 1st, you can get a two-week April Fool’s extension. Just submit your entry through “Withoutabox.” It’s located “in the box” on the home page. (I’m still trying to figure this one out.)

And this…thanks to Laura Woodard of Grassroots Marketing! To get each new blog post sent to your inbox, dripping with fresh wisdom…click on the link in the lower right corner of your screen.

And, The Wiener Is…

Lonnie launches Henry

Lonnie launches Henry

Lonnie and his second wiener, Chloe

Lonnie and his second wiener, Chloe

Lonnie explains why his wiener isn't a winner!

Lonnie explains why his wiener isn’t a winner!

In our last blog post, we told you that we would have pictures of Lonnie Schuyler (organizer of The Snake Alley Festival of Film) doing strange things with his wiener. We also said that it would be family friendly and would make your kids bug you to take them to the film fest. As promised, here it is.
The first picture is Lonnie trying to launch Henry (his wiener) at the starting line of Burlington’s Annual Wiener Dog Races. As you can tell by his expression, (Lonnie’s expression, not the dog’s) this is a big deal to him. Henry, on the other hand, is looking to his right and thinking, “How can I get away from this lunatic?”

In the second picture, Lonnie is launching Chloe, his other wiener. (Yes, Lonnie has two wieners. I told you he was weird.) He handles her a bit more delicately because she’s a girl, after all. And she leaks on occasion, hence the stiff-arm launch technique.

The third photo is Lonnie explaining to Brian Hopkins that they could have been a contender “if the damn dog would’ve run straight.”

What, you ask, does this have to do with The Snake Alley festival of Film? The Wiener Races are held on the last day of the fest right around the corner from the theater. This is part of Cynapalooza, a family-themed street carnival near the theater. Your whole family will love it, and you get to kill two birds with one trip.
And, yes the models will be helping out at the wiener races, too. Also, Lonnie has added a third wiener, making him even weirder.

Don’t Lose Heart!

Mike Roberson and friend
“Mike Roberson and friend”

Phil Pool with Camera
“Phil Pool with Camera”

Brandy Schwartz and friend
“Brandy Schwartz and friend”

Don’t Lose Heart!
OK! So you blew it on Valentine’s Day and didn’t get her the all-access pass to the Snake Alley Festival of Film. Plus, you dedicated your short film about over indulgence, entitled “The Girl Who Ate Chicago” especially to her. She didn’t appreciate it. And now she says she never wants to see you again.
Before you go all Gloomy Gus and down in the dumps on us…consider this! You’re FREE! Any girl who wouldn’t appreciate a dedication like that is too high-maintenance anyway. As the man said, “There are plenty of fish in the sea!” and there will be plenty of beautiful women at The 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film.
If you are following this blog and looking at the pictures, you must have noticed that Burlington was inundated with feminine pulchritude! (Look it up, Sunshine.)
Most of the girls in these pictures are corn-fed, home-grown, down-to-earth, Iowa girls. Many of them model for a shop in town called Original Cyn’s. The rest of the time they are students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State, and other schools. Beauty, brains, and the ability to shuck corn. What more could you ask for?
And speaking of pictures, the official photographers for the film fest are Brandi Schwartz at http://www.brandischwartz.com/ , Mike Roberson at http://robyphotography.com/ and Phil Pool’s Omni Photo at https://www.facebook.com/OmniPhotoByPhil
They did a wonderful job of capturing the candid moments last year and we look forward to more such moments this year. (I guess that’s why that show was called “Candid Camera.) If you need a photographer, these are the folks to call.

Big Weekend Coming Up!

598517_476834982332902_1755190590_nYessiree! It’s time for the Super Bowl. This is the one day of the year that’s responsible for more people missing work than any other. The Monday following Super Bowl Sunday has the highest absentee rate of any Monday all year long.
The Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 3rd this year. It is exactly two days after the Early-bird Deadline to get your entries in to the 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film.
We are already seeing a lot of really good entries. Don’t get sidetracked and wind up getting shut out. On your way to buy wings, beer, snacks, and more beer for the Super Bowl, drop your early-bird entry for the Snake Alley Festival of Film into the nearest Post Office Collection Box. Then you can watch the game and root for your favorite team with a clear head. For those of you outside of the U.S.A., the Super Bowl is sort of like the World Cup.
F.Y.I.—we think those excessive absences are caused by the consumption of too many chicken wings! But that’s just a theory! But the early-bird deadline of midnight, February 1st is not…so get those entries in the mail.

Why You WANT To Get Writer’s Block!

For most writers, having writer’s block is one of those things that keep you awake at night. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novelist, a journalist, a playwright or a short story writer…having writer’s block can turn the most macho writer into a quivering mass of self-doubt.
But if you write a short screenplay to enter into the Snake Alley Festival of Film’s screenwriter competition…you really want “Writer’s Block!” Because “Writers Block” is the name of the award given for the best short screenplay.
If you saw the awards given to film makers last year, you’ll have an idea of the caliber of this unique award. It’s a first for this year, and the winner will have bragging rights about being the very first writer to ever win this award.
Early submission deadline for all entries (including this one) is February 1st. Go to the website http://www.snakealleyfestivaloffilm.com and click on the box marked (I’m not joking here) “withoutabox” for all the details.
Then just imagine that you’re amongst your peers and one of them mentions that he has writer’s block. You can respond, “So do I! I keep it on a shelf in my office!” Then smile enigmatically and casually walk away.