LANSING, MICH. – The Capital City Film Festival started off their 2015 competition with 400 submissions from over 20 countries. The festival was held on April 9 through April 12. lHalf a decade ago in April 2010, the festival hosted their first four-day film festival. According to the Co-founder of the Capital City Film Festival Dominic Cochran, Capital City Film Festival judges watch hundreds of films including short and feature length films. After the judges select the winners, they are featured at the festival.
Working three jobs is enough to keep anyone busy, but when you have a dream to chase, who has time for sleep? As an employee at a life insurance company, a movie theater, and helping coach a high school girls’ soccer team, Tyler Ennis, vocalist in Lansing metal band Ground Tracer, should seem too exhausted to practice with his band. Nevertheless, Ennis said his commitment to his band is worth it because it helps him support both his group and himself. “As cliche as it sounds, it really is my escape,” said Ennis. “I go through a lot of stress with how busy my life is, but anytime I’m on stage performing, I really truly forget about everything and just have the time of my life.”
Lansing is home to many local performers of all genres ranging from hip-hop to country to progressive metal with everything in-between.
The fatal shooting of a man on November 10, 2011 outside of The Loft in downtown Lansing raises questions about an apparent link between violence and the local bar scene, raising questions about whether Old Town has reason to worry about similar incidents.
The police have named the man in question for shooting and killing 35-year-old Ygnacio “Notch” Bermudez Jr. According to the Lansing State Journal, a felony warrant has been issued for Richard Anthony Strong. This incident of violence is a concern from the community as it raises concerns about public safety and security around nightlife. Old Town has a few bars and clubs of its own, including the most prominent, Spiral Dance Bar. Known for its gay friendly environment, the club holds lots of events, drawing in a diverse crowd.