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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Vampires in Ypsilanti

Photo by Christine Laughren

Evil Genius Entertainment filmed the final scene for its movie “The 6th Extinction” Saturday on Park Street. The scene was set in a train car, which will be created by computer-generated imagery.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Evil Genius Entertainment films portion of movie near Depot Town

By Christine Laughren
Jan. 8, 2009    ·    12:47 p.m.

An evil blood-sucking vampire named Michael will be prowling the streets of Ypsilanti Saturday night.

Evil Genius Entertainment is filming a portion of its movie “The 6th Extinction” at 4 p.m. Saturday on Park Street.

The movie is about a blind date gone bad when main characters Michael and Shelly go out for dinner. Michael is bit by a vampire while Shelly is in the restroom and he spends the rest of the movie hunting her, leaving a trail of blood in his wake.

In addition to all the likely blood and gore, familiar Ypsilanti settings will frame some of the movie as well. In fact, The Depot Town portion of Cross Street, with the clock tower shining bright, can be seen in the promotional image of “The 6th Extinction.”

This is EGE’s fourth feature length production, all of which have been filmed in Ypsilanti.

“Think Dracula meets Terminator for the plot,” said Michael Bugard, who plays the main vampire (Michael) in the movie. “As far as Saturday's shoot is concerned, we will be shooting a scene in a passenger train, where my character just walks down the aisle slaughtering people.”

Bugard said the movie gets its name from the five mass extinctions that have occurred throughout Earth’s history, such as the extinction of the dinosaurs.

EGE’s first film was 1997’s low-budget action drama “Deadeye.” Supernatural thriller “Witchunter,” staring Ypsilanti resident and local real estate developer Eric Maurer, followed in 2002. EGE’s last film was 2004's zombie flick, “Living Dead World.”

Bugard, an Ypsilanti resident since 1997, said he found out about EGE through a friend who was hosting auditions in his bar (the now defunct TC's Speakeasy.) His first feature-length role was playing the “drunken redneck zombie” Cooper in “Living Dead World.”

“The character was originally meant to be played straight, but I thought the performance should be over the top,” Bugard said of his first auditions.

When it came time to cast “The 6th Extinction,” the role of Michael was specifically written for him Bugard said.

“Being in horror films was always a dream of mine, as I just love them, regardless of how crappy they may be,” he said.

"The 6th Extinction" also stars Eric Maurer, Mahssa Rashidy, Eric Jaan and Misty Mills. It is directed by John Vincent.

Watch a preview of “The 6th Extinction.”

Learn more about Evil Genius Entertainment.

See photos of Saturday night’s filming at YpsiCiti.com

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