“Right Around The Corner!”

The Ides of March have passed. Taxes have been paid or refunds collected, and May flowers are beginning to bloom.

You know what that means don’t you? It means that The Snake Alley Festival of Film is “right around the corner,” as my mother used to say.

She used that expression regarding deadlines for upcoming events such as homework assignments, school projects, chores I promised to do…and holidays. In my formative years I spent a lot of time peeking around corners hoping to get a glimpse of some future event…but to no avail.

I eventually came to realize that “right around the corner,” “before you know it,” and “it’ll sneak up on you,” all meant the same thing. “Get your butt in gear!”

What does this have to do with The Snake Alley Festival of Film? Well, it’s coming up on June 3rd, which is “right around the corner!”

So, get your butt in gear and get your tickets bought, rooms booked and travel arranged.

You should also detox your liver in preparation. Amy Walsh is looking for a venue for a fourth “after party,” so be prepared.

You might also get a chance to see Lonnie Schuyler reprise his famous Michael Flatley dance routine in front of the theater.

See you in Burlington, Iowa. Be there or be square.

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Resolutions Or Regrets?

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Well folks, it’s a brand-new year and time to look forward to what the future can bring.

We hope that one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to submit a short film, a screen play, or simply to attend The Snake Alley Festival of Film.

This year the film fest will be held from June 4th through the 7th, 2014.

If you were there last year, you know what a blast this film festival is. The people who missed it were totally bummed out.

This year promises to be even bigger and better judging by the entries that are already coming in. they look fantastic.

The early-bird deadline is February 1st and comes with a nice discount.

The Snake Alley Festival of Film was written up in Movie Maker Magazine and mentioned in The Huffington post. Some of last year’s film makers from around the country are here in Iowa working on a project called “Hotel P” including last year’s People’s Choice winner from Boston.

If you’ve never been to Burlington, Iowa and The Snake Alley Festival of Film, it should absolutely be on your “bucket list!” Come just once—you’ll be hooked for life.

Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering “what if?” Come this year and you’ll have no regrets.

Complaints? We Don’t Do No Stinkin’ Complaints!

SNAFF Complaint Department

About the only complaint I heard all weekend was that The Second Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film was over. No one wanted to leave Burlington. And I can understand that sentiment.

We were surprised by the ladies who visited from The Huffington Post. (They were there for something else and we managed to convince them to spend a little extra time at the film fest and Cyn-a-Palooza. And…we had another write-up in Movie Maker magazine. Burlington is on the radar of the art and film community.

Of course, our complaint department pictured above may have had something to do with the lack of complaints. (Just kidding! That’s me, Lonnie’s Dad—a couple of days after the film fest—visiting friends on their farm. We just wanted to use the picture in a blog post.)

There were regrets from the people who didn’t make it to the fest, and some tears from those who had to travel home after meeting and making some wonderful new friends.

I’m back in Florida and gearing up to get back to work. We’re missing Iowa already.

If you get the chance to go to next year’s Snake Alley Festival of Film, block out those days on your calendar. They’re brainstorming and from what I overheard, it going to be bigger and better than ever.

I had the chance to work with some amazing people. If this is an example of Iowan hospitality…I think that other parts of the country could learn from them.

I hope to see you all there next year.

“That’s A Wrap!”

Another successful film festival is in the can.

Another successful film festival is in the can.

The Snake Alley Festival of Film has come to a close. Time for a little rest. (My liver thanks you, my head thanks you…) If you weren’t here you’ll kick yourself as I post more about the goings on.

As you can tell by the photos in previous posts, the “after parties” and the (“after, after parties” held at Brian and Tammy Hopkins house) were a blast. Many brain cells were sacrificed on the altar of “discussing our art.” The out of town attendees were smitten with Burlington, and more then one were looking at buying property here. Even the Huffington Post was here.

More photos will be posted when I’m back in my office.

Since your not-so-intrepid-anymore blogger was one of those who sacrificed a few brain cells, I’ll post the important part today. The posts that follow in the next few days and weeks, will have all the gory details (I may even name names and include photos) of what transpired.

Today, I’ll post the nominees and winners of the categories from the fest. Before I do, I want to say that every film I saw should have been a winner, but it doesn’t work that way. What I mean is, there were no bad films and I’m glad I wasn’t a judge. Now on to the results.

BEST DOCUMENTARY…nominees… One Years Crop, Buffalo Must Die,
Animation Hotline.

The winner… Buffalo Must Die

BEST SCI-FI…nominees… Witchbane: Hunters, Mars II, Far and The
Incident Of The Giant Ammonia-Breathing Space Crabs

The winner … Far

BEST ACTION…nominees are… 8 Guns Over A Dead Girl, Revenge Flame of Hayabusa.

The winner … 8 Guns Over A Dead Girl

BEST ANIMATION…nominees… Me, My Wife and Our Cow, Andersartig, The Hopper, The Rose of Turaida.

The winner… The Rose of Turaida

BEST HORROR…nominees … Revelation, Domicile, Exit the Dead and
The Tell Tale Heart

The winner is… Revelation

BEST DRAMEDY…nominees… Phil’s butts, Any Moment Now, Pro Kopf, Dreinhalb and Another fucking…

The winner is… Pro Kopf

BEST MUSIC VIDEO…nominees… “Next To You”, “Acid Pauli; Equation Of Time” and “Ada (Happy Birthday)”

The winner is… “Next To You” by Blue Kid

BEST COMEDY…Nominees… Division Azul, Musik Liegt In Der Luft,
Thumb, Naked, Ovni and Stand Up or Shut Up.

The winner is… Thumb

BEST STUDENT FILM…Nominees… Sashi Chori, Treibjagd, Peace, Love and Zombies, and Resistance.

The winner is… Resistance

BEST DRAMA…Nominees… The Telegram Man, Imagine, Elegy For A
Revolutionary, Paper People, Erinnerungen, A. D. Sommer, Black
Irish, Tender, Ararat.

The winner is… The Telegram Man

The Alley (trophy) Awards

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY…nominees…
THE KINDERGARTEN GRADUATE by Danielle P. Smith
THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT by David Schroder
NEW YORK LOBBY 3AM by John Burdeaux
THE EXAM ROOM by Paul Berg
THE SITTER by Jennifer Harrison

The winner is… Kindergarten Graduate

BEST IOWA MADE FILM…nominees are… The Hanging of The Hodges, To Be Alone, Bring Me A Dream and From Uranus.

The winner is… Bring Me A Dream

BEST OF THE FEST…Nominees… Division Azul, Sahashi Chori, Ararat, Paper People, Tender, It’s Consuming Me, Andersartig and The
Telegram Man.

The winner is… Shashi Chori

THE DIRECTOR’S AWARD for outstanding performance…nominees…
“TENDER” Directed by… Elric Kane, Outstanding performance
by… Kym Jackson and William Beinbrink
“TOO LATE NOW” Directed by… Kelly Young-Silverman,
Outstanding performance… Steve Coulter
“PAPER PEOPLE” Directed by… Andrew Kightlinger, Outstanding
performance by… Steven Luke
“THE TELEGRAM MAN” Directed by… James Francis Khehtie,
Outstanding performance by… Jack Thompson
“ARARAT” Directed by… Engin Kunda, Outstanding performance
by… Claudio Schulz-Keune and Pınar Erincin

The winner is… Paper People. Directed by Andrew Kightlinger
and starring Steven Luke.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD…Nominees…8 Guns for a Dead Girl, Paper People, Bring Me A Dream, Tender, and Phil’s Butts.

The winner is… Phil’s Butts