Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ypsilanti is Getting a Film Festival

Exciting news this morning. Ypsi is getting its own film fest. Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti (IFFY) will be at the Riverside Arts Center April 16 through April 18th. Local filmmakers Donald Harrison, and Martin Thoburn are co-founding/co-directing IFFY. They are teaming up with Juliet Hinely and Hafsah Mijinyawa who will each curate a program of short films and artists. The festival will announce its schedule in March and will feature local filmmakers. When asked about why they were starting the festival, Harrison had this to say "Ypsi's a dynamic city with a strong cultural tradition. We're starting IFFY to reflect that, respond to it, and we're excited to see how it might grow in our community."

Personally, I am very excited about IFFY. Stay tuned for more updates.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: January 6, 2020

Gentle readers, tonight is the first #a2council of the new decade. Yay. Here's the agenda. The evening kicks off with a respectable 20 item consent agenda. CA-16 is a contract to purchase multi-factor authentication software from local software firm Duo Security. CA-20 would add a police lutienient to the Ann Arbor Police Department's roster.

Diving further in, there are, gasp, no public hearings on the docket tonight. DC-1 is a resolution supporting the EPA becoming involved with the Gelman Plume and encouraging its designation as a Superfund site. DC-2 authorizes appeals of the city's denied petitions for township island annexation.

I think that's mostly it, a relatively light agenda to ease us into the decade. Gentle readers, what agenda items are you most interested in? Make sure you tune in to the action tonight 7:00 on CTN and follow along with the #a2council hashtag on twitter.