On The Road Again!

On the trail to Burlington

This time next week, I’ll be on the way to The 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film in Burlington, Iowa. I’m looking forward to renewing friendships I made last year at the fest…and beginning some new ones.

There is an exciting line-up of films this year from all over the world, plus an added category for screen writers. (As a copywriter and blogger, I’m particularly interested in this one.)

The line-up is posted in the last blog post where you can decide which (if not all) of the films you plan to see. Remember to stop by the lobby afterward to vote for your favorite. (This is for the coveted “People’s Choice” award.)

We’ll be leaving sunny Florida for Burlington soon. Hopefully the Chamber of Commerce remembers to hit the “good tourist weather” button before we get there. (Actually, this is the perfect time of year to go to Burlington.)

If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, (what’re you waiting for???) here is the info you need:
Online, tickets available 24/7 at http://www.redtrucktickets.com
By phone, call 319-237-1099.
In person, at the Capitol Theater 211 N. 3rd Street.
Ticket Office hours 2-5pm Monday-Saturday and 2 hours before each event start time.

TINA SALAMONE
Executive Director
Burlington Capitol Theater
211 N. 3rd Street
Burlington, Iowa
319-237-1099
http://www.burlingtoncapitoltheater.org

On a side note, I want to congratulate Tina Salamone for putting up with my son (Lonnie Schuyler) during the run-up to the fest. (I can guarantee that this was no mean feat.) ;>)

My daughter-in-law asked me if Lonnie told us to bring our swim suits. Is he planning on drowning me so I can’t embarrass him?

“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

“A Tale of Original Sin!”

Wiener Dog Races

Lonnie and Cyn

And so it came to pass that actor, writer, and director, Lonnie Schuyler did gaze upon the countenance of Iowa girl Cynthia Stiefel. And he was sorely tempted by her to leave The Garden of Weird and Evil (Hollywood) and follow her to the land of milk and honey (known locally as corn and pigs!)

Thus did they wed and began a life of business and civic endeavors in a town called Burlington in the land of Iowa.
Cynthia (or Cyn as she is now called) opened a boutique and named it Original Cyn’s. She became involved in the revitalization of Burlington’s downtown area and with the help of other merchants began an annual street festival that draws many travelers to the area and promotes the main street and downtown revival.

This festival…called Cyn-A-Palooza, is replete with games, sales, live jousting with those intrepid ferret and weasel hunters, (actually—Wiener dog races) and fun for the entire family.

Lonnie gazed upon this land and the river that runs by it and saw that it was good. He thus began to make movies utilizing the river and surrounding lands. As his movies took him to other towns and film festivals, he realized that his betrothed had led him to an ideal location for a film festival.

With visions of using the refurbished Capitol Theater and Burlington’s revitalizing downtown, he began planning a film festival to be unique among others. He sensed that using the towns major landmarks would be the key to making it stand out. With the church steeples as a backdrop and Snake Alley as a theme, The Snake Alley Festival of Film was born.

And so…with much fanfare, and to once again bestow much merriment on the town of Burlington, in the land called Iowa, the 10th Annual Cyn-A-Palooza will take place on June 8th, following the 2nd Annual Snake Alley festival of Film. (June 6-8)

Be there or thou-est will be square!

Let’s “Forge” Ahead!

The"Alley"

Bill and Betty Printy

Mark Heisdorffer

Pictures in decending order order are: The “Alley,” Bill and Betty Printy, and Mark Heisdorffer.

Have you checked out our new poster? It’s pure creative genius.

And speaking of creative genius, you may not be aware that the awards given out at The Snake Alley Festival of Film are one-off, hand-made, custom-designed, pieces of sculpture! But they are! Raw iron is forged into beautiful works of art not found anywhere else on the planet. Then each piece is mounted on a wooden base and inscribed with the name of the award and the date.

The “Alley’s” are the brain-child of blacksmith, artist, and creative genius, Bill Printy who is ably assisted by Mark Heisdorffer.

So, if you do win an “Alley,” not only do you have bragging rights, you now have a true collector’s item.

Also, Bill Printy’s wife is a renowned potter who created and copyrighted Queen Anne’s Lace Pottery (named after the flower) and each unique piece has a flower fired right into it. She also has a pottery piece in every Governor’s Mansion in the U.S.

Bill and Betty, own the Iron and Lace Shop in Bentonsport, Iowa. Their web site is http://www.ironandlace.com

While you’re here for The Snake Alley Festival of Film, and you have energy left after Cyn-A-Palooza, be sure and visit their studio, gallery, and shop. They will teach you how to do (blacksmithing, pottery, weaving, and forge-welding) if you’re interested.

And…if you missed the late deadline of April 1st, you’ve still got a chance. Just click on the “withoutabox” box to enter.

If you want to subscribe to this blog, pay attention to Laura Woodard of Grassroots Marketing when she says, “Click on the teeny-weeny little box in the lower right corner of the page.”

What is Cyn-A-Palooza? Stay tuned and find out! Ciao, baby!

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.

Ahh, Spring! It’s Number One with a Bullitt!

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Since Spring has sprung, it’s time to do some spring cleaning. In that vein, let’s “clean up” some old business. (The question I asked in the last post.) In this age of Google searches, I was surprised that no one named the actor in last post’s trivia question. He was none other than Steve McQueen.

And just to show you what “sticking with it” can get you, in 1968, just ten years after his debut in The Blob, Steve McQueen’s Solar Productions Company made the movie “Bullitt.” Bullitt was a box office smash and won an Academy Award for Best Film Editing. (See what practicing your craft can get you.) It also won an Edgar for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.

The car chase scenes (now considered an industry standard) were filmed in and around San Francisco near Lombard Street. Lombard Street is often cited as the crookedest street in the U.S., but we here in Burlington know better. Our own Snake Alley is the “Most-est Crookedest,” and we’ve got “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” to prove it.

Okay, San Fran, we’ll give you the Golden Gate. But we’ve got a bridge here that’s nothing to sneeze at. Especially when it’s lit up at night. Talk about romantic. A warm summer evening at The Drake, under a moonlit sky, with the bridge in the background, and the girl of your dreams…

Enough of that! Because…believe it or not, the deadline for late entries is rapidly approaching. So, if you want a shot at winning an “Alley,” you’d better get on the stick, slick!

(Just a side note…with much thanks to Laura Woodard! If you want the latest blog post to show up in your inbox, click on the box in the lower right-hand corner that says “follow.” Fill out the form that pops up and each new post will show up in your inbox like magic! Thanks, Laura! We’ll talk to the webmaster about making it bigger or more visible.)

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?

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.