Quality Scary brings haunts and laughs to Lansing

Throughout history, we’ve seen a number of secret societies that bring people together to strive towards a common goal amongst them. These groups have taken many shapes and many forms, some more maniacal than others, and some just downright comedic. Lansing is home to just one of the comedic groups, a “coven” of film lovers that enjoy getting together and putting on a little horror flick showing called Quality Scary, a monthly live comedy show and film screening series hosted by Lansing and Grand Rapids locals Emily Syrja, who goes by they/them pronouns, (they/them) and Sarah Jean Anderson.

Lake Michigan Film Festival Comes To Studio C

EAST LANSING, Mich.—The first weekend in March brought with it the chance for some artists to showcase their films during the Michigan Film Festival, hosted in Okemos at Studio C next to the Meridian Mall. The event, which began April 29, featured 40 films throughout the weekend, some of which were directed by Michigan State University students and faculty. 

Pamphlets and flyers for the Lake Michigan Film Festival

“It used to be that there would be one day during the 10- day festival, with multiple venues where we would focus on films made in Michigan, and that expanded to become the Lake Michigan Film competition where we invited filmmakers from the states that border Lake Michigan to participate: Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan,” said Erika Noud, director of the Lake Michigan Film Festival. The Lake Michigan Film Festival was born out of the East Lansing Film Festival as a  spin-off event where filmmakers from the states surrounding Lake Michigan could enter their projects instead of just Michigan-based filmmakers. The nonprofit organization was first founded in 1997 and has been putting on these film events. “Filmmakers would submit their films, documentaries, short films and student films, and then we would select some to take part in the competition,” Noud added.