“Tis The Luck O’ The Irish”

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Monday, March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. And surely you’ll be wearing of the green and indulging in a wee bit of corned beef and cabbage to help you get some “Luck O’ the Irish.”

The real question is, “Do you feel lucky? Well, do you, Punk?” Oops, sorry! Wrong movie. That one had nothing to do with Saint Patrick’s Day.

But if you’re really lucky, your short film will be an official selection of The Snake Alley Festival of Film. You’ve already had a wee bit of luck because the deadline for entry was extended until April 1st.

And a “short’ film is not necessarily a story about leprechauns…although it could be. So put down that pint of Guinness and pull up yer kilt there O’Donovan. And get crackin’. June is coming faster than an Irishman heading to happy hour.

The same goes for all of you budding James Joyce types out there. Get those screenplays in.

And “top O’ the mornin’ to ya” from the crew at Snake Alley Festival of Film. See you in June.

A disclaimer is due here. No Irishmen were harmed during the writing of this post…but some damage was done to a bottle of Jameson’s.

Uh Oh! You Missed It!

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That’s right Bunky! You missed the March 1st deadline for entering your short-film masterpiece into The Snake Alley Festival of Film at the Capitol Theater in beautiful Burlington, Iowa.

But before you say, “Oh @#$@*%!” we’ve got good news…and some bad news.

Here’s the good news. Just because it’s you, we’ve extended the deadline. The deadline for late entries (that would be you) is now April 1st! (No fooling.)

Now for the bad news. The judges have already strained their beady little eyeballs watching an endless array f really, really good short films. And just because YOU dawdled…they’re going to have to work extra hard and push their little peepers to the limit.

So when your entry is selected, and you’re here for The 3rd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film—and you see people roaming the streets with blood-shot, teary, runny, puffy eyes, mumbling dialogue—you’ll feel pangs of guilt knowing that it is all YOUR fault. (Or they’re recovering from one of the “after parties.”)

Actually, our judges love it, and they come back year after year. It’s a good excuse to get out of class. (And, because Third Grade can really get boring year after year.)

On a side note, it looks like Lonnie Schuyler’s brother will be attending this year, as well as his Dad. If you know Lonnie, you know you can now expect a triple dose of smart-aleckness this year!

See you in June at The Snake Alley Festival of Film.

Getting Better With Age!

In the last blog post, someone mentioned something about someone being “really old!”

Now, if you look at the picture which accompanied that post, you’ll notice TWO older guys there. One is the really cool older guy who’s been around the block a time or two. The other is a rapidly aging actor who used to be on an ancient series called “Melrose Place.” (Was color TV invented then?) I mean, when was the last time you Googled some of the cast from that show? Talk about ancient.

Now that we’ve cleared THAT up—let’s get on to new business. The deadline for entries into The Snake Alley Festival of Film is rapidly approaching. The entries are coming in at a furious pace. Don’t dawdle and get shut out! March 1st is the deadline for entries.

It will be the same great Snake Alley Festival of Film that we’ve all come to love…but with some extras. This year we’ve added an extra day and some cool new surprises.

We’ve also got some new judges, since one of our “OLD” judges will be in San Francisco on an internship. (Can you believe that? Putting her career ahead of The Snake Alley Festival of Film.)

Paulina and Julian

Paulina and Julian

What? You haven’t mailed your entry yet? Tick tock! What are you waiting for?

Dedication!

Tina

Tina

Paulina and Julian

Paulina and Julian

Phil, Gary, and JoJo

Phil, Gary, and JoJo

While I was at the gym yesterday, I saw a guy come in on crutches. He was wearing shorts, a tee shirt, and a walking cast. (That’s one of those things that looks like a knee-length Frankenstein boot.) He’s a regular and I’d seen him working out many times before, in his pre-cast days.

My curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to see what he was going to do. On crutches, he hobbled around the gym and completed his normal workout routine except for the part that required the use of his injured leg.

Now, THAT is dedication!

Dedication accomplishes some amazing things. It takes some serious dedication for Lonnie Schuyler to plan, set-up, and execute The Snake Alley Festival of Film each year.

It takes dedication for Tina Salamone to keep the newly refurbished Capitol Theater of Burlington, Iowa running at peak performance day after day.

And, it takes dedication for all of the volunteers who donate their time, energy, and sometimes money to make The Snake Alley Festival of Film a world-class event every year. (The names of the volunteers are listed in the blog post of June 19th, titled, “Burlington, Iowa…You Rock!”)

All of these dedicated people will tell you that it’s a labor of love.

So, what about you? Are you dedicated enough to shoot a possibly award-winning short film for this years Snake Alley Festival of Film?

Are you dedicated enough to write a mind-blowing screenplay?

Are you dedicated enough to enter The Third Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film and travel to Burlington, Iowa this coming summer to mingle with your fellow film makers?

Somehow, I think you are! And I’m looking forward to meeting all of you.

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

And So…Let The Judging Begin!

One of the awards for film makers.

One of the awards for film makers.

As you may have noticed in the last unpunctuated, haphazard, post—the selection committee has made their choices known.

If yours is one of the films selected, “Congratulations!”

If your film or screenplay didn’t get chosen, know this: Some of the entries were screened three and four times. The level of talent and quality of work (including yours) was that close. Please continue to produce the quality of work that we had the privilege to watch.

And please attend The Snake Alley Festival of Film and support your fellow film makers. Last year, we saw some wonderful friendships develop and watched some great collaborations begin.

As to the list that was published last week: If your film was there, I’m sure you were able to pick it out of the word jumble. If not…and you’re trying to figure out the titles…Good Luck! It seems that someone was so excited that he forgot to use punctuation. I won’t mention any names (Lonnie) but hopefully, it will get updated soon.

And if you think the selection committees had a tough job—just imagine what the judges are going through.

On a final note…The Snake Alley Festival of Film opens in about 5 ½ weeks! Woo Hoo!

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