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.

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.