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.

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“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

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.)

“Dude! You Can’t Handle Snake Alley!”

"The party never stops at The Snake Alley Festival of Film."

“The party never stops at The Snake Alley Festival of Film.”

"It's a tough climb up Snake Alley.."

“It’s a tough climb up Snake Alley..”

That gauntlet gets thrown down to amateur and professional bicycle racers who come to Burlington, Iowa to compete in the Snake Alley Criterium. Imagine pedaling up Snake Alley with its 12.5 % grade. It’s considered one of the most physically challenging streets in the Midwest.
You’re such a lucky devil. You won’t have to climb it (unless you want to) when you come to the 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film. You can take the tour of Burlington that comes as part of the package. It stops at the top of Snake Alley (and you can walk DOWN) and stops again at the bottom (where they’ll pick you up). You can use your imagination to get a sense of what those poor souls on bicycles must feel.
Instead…you’ll be sitting in the air-conditioned Capitol Theatre watching some of the most amazing talent on Planet Earth. Following that, you’ll go to one of the fabulous “After Parties” and mingle with film makers, film buffs, writers, and actors. Last year the “Original After Parties” spawned “After, After Parties,” which went on into the wee hours. These were so popular that the musicians from the original parties followed the crowd. It was a late–night movable feast, or party, depending on your perspective. (We saw people dancing in the streets.)
After you’ve enjoyed The Snake Alley Festival of Film, the tours, and the After Parties, you can say with conviction, “Dude! I handled Snake Alley just fine!” Just don’t tell them it wasn’t on a bicycle.
On a side note, the judges have started reviewing some of the early entries. They weren’t expecting anything to be able to top last year’s talent, but now they aren’t so sure. There are some amazing films coming in.
If you think you can handle Snake Alley, we’ll see you there.

The Crookedest Film Festival Redux

Winter may be in full force in Burlington, Iowa. But the people who put on the World’s Crookedest Film Festival aren’t in hibernation. They’re gearing up for the 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film which will run from June 6 through June 8, 2013.
Last year’s festival opened in the 1920’s era Capitol Theater, which had just undergone a multi-million dollar restoration. Films were shown on a state-of-the –art screen in a beautiful retro theater. There was a filmmaker’s reception and a tour of Burlington. (This quaint river town has a surprising number of celebrities who were born or once lived there.)
Filmmaker’s and festival goers had a chance to roam the downtown area which has an artsy feel to it similar to what Key West was a few years back. There are some surprisingly unique eateries in this beautiful river town.
For a brand-new film festival, the Snake Alley Festival of Film drew entries and film makers from around the globe. Two movie makers traveled from Montreal, others from as far away as L.A., San Francisco, and New York, including one who brought his entire family of ten.
There was one after-party in the street in front of the theater. The town closed the street and F&M Bank and Trust converted it into and outdoor bistro, complete with bar, food and live music. The other parties were in other top-notch venues around town
There was an eclectic selection of films, and this year they’ve added a few new twists…and a couple of new categories.
If you were there last year, be prepared for a new experience. This will be a film-fest on steroids. (Don’t take this to mean that the promoters encourage the use of festival-performance enhancing substances of any kind.)
After a glowing review in Moviemaker magazine, we expect this to be bigger and better than ever this year. Don’t miss out. Get your entries in early and if you are coming to Burlington, follow this blog for clues about B&B’s and other great lodging in the area.