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.

Bits and Pieces!

Brian Moyer and bride

Just so you know we haven’t been sleeping on the job, (maybe napping a bit, but not really sleeping) we bring you some news and tidbits since The 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film wrapped up.

Russ Fry, who has been a big supporter of this festival since it began, is working on a new historical film. Last year he screened “The Hanging of The Hodges.” His new film’s working title is “A Ride Around Historical North Hill; Burlington, Iowa!” As with all of Russ’ work, he does a lot of research and gets some interesting facts of history for this area.

Stephen Folker’s latest film is titled “Field Freak” and is in production in Eastern Iowa. It is slated for release in 2014.
Mikeal Burgin’s film, “Bring Me A Dream” continues to win awards after his big win at The 2nd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film. The latest is The Best Iowa Film at the 2013 Hardacre Film Festival. It also got a nice write-up in the Cedar Rapids newspaper.

David Thrasher posted a link to a book he had read titled “The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV, and Video Content in an Online World” by Jeff Ulin. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Business-Media-Distribution Monetizing/dp/024081200X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375497047&sr=8-1&keywords=business+of+media+distribution

Here is a nice freebie if you plan to market your own films (or anything else for that matter). Go to http://www.GrassRootsMarketingInc.com and sign up for the free monthly newsletter. It’s full of practical, useable marketing tips that you can implement now.

In the meantime start making plans to attend, enter, show-up-for, or be at The 3rd Annual Snake Alley Festival of Film. If you aren’t there, we’ll make fun of you (and you won’t even know.)

This just in: Brian Moyer, who played the chain-smoking Samurai in the People’s choice winner “Phil’s Butts,” got married. (Cue the Queen song, “Another One Bites The Dust”) Just kidding! Congratulations to the newly-weds. Their photo is at the top of this post.

“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

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.

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.

Holy Pulchritude, Batman! Movies and Models and Munchies and More!

Models and more!

Models and more!

The Mighty Munchie Brigade

The Mighty Munchie Brigade

Oh those O'Cyn girls!

Oh those O’Cyn girls!

So you’ve figured out what pulchritude means and now you want proof! Jeez…as if the pictures we’ve already posted aren’t enough.
Okay! You asked for it…you got it! Many of the ladies you see above are what are known locally as O’Cyn’s Girls. (I didn’t say “go sin girls” so don’t get your shorts in a wad.) In fact, the original O’Cyn is in these photos. And these are just a few of the O’Cyn girls who will be helping out again this year…plus we’ve added a new crop as well. (What? You thought there wouldn’t be any more farm jokes?) This IS Iowa after all Cupcake.

Speaking of Iowa, and specifically, Burlington, Iowa—you do realize that the deadline is fast approaching to get your entries into The Snake Alley Festival of Film. Don’t wait too long. You might get shut out. Just remember, there is more to this film fest than meets the eye.

You will see things here that are never seen anywhere else on Planet Earth! (Or any other planet for that matter.)

For example, in our next post we’ll feature a picture of Lonnie Schuyler (the film fest organizer) doing strange things with his wiener. In the photo we’ll be posting, it looks like he’s abusing his wiener but he’s not. And this picture will be rated PG—and Family Friendly. In fact, you might want to show it to your kids. That way they’ll start bugging you about going to the film fest.

Intrigued? Stay tuned for our next post. Same Bat-Time! Same Bat-Channel!

“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.