7-minute student documentary on the founding of Ypsilanti

The following video, which I just found out about through my friend Anjanette, was apparently created by a student team at Washtenaw Community College, for a documentary film class. It’s entitled, “The Naming of Ypsilanti.” I thought that you might find it of interest.

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  1. Edward
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    So, our city was named by a brilliant drunken judge who bathed in the rain?

  2. Erika
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Good ol’ Slippery Shanty. Proud to call it my home.

  3. Andy C
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    It’s Greek bitch!
    Love the name spellings at the end. I was laughing out loud. Hipsilanti was in there.
    WCC has a real good documentary film class. It’s taught by a guy who has Emmys for work done for PBS. The film program in general creates lots of great pieces.

  4. Posted December 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Quirk and Rebellion.
    I am not surprised!

  5. Edward
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Did James Mann say that the Woodruff’s Grove settlement is now under Ford Lake? I wasn’t aware of that.

  6. Anonymous Mike
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Does Ken Burns get paid every time someone pans across a photo like that?

  7. Watching Laughing.
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink


    Watching Laughing.

  8. LLC
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I’d love to pitch some local documentary ideas to this class. How would I go about doing that?

    1) People who fish and eat the giant carp out of the Huron River. I’d love to know more about them, where they live, and what their circumstances are.

    2) What really happened to the Man with No Face.

    3) Stories of Iggy Pop growing up in Ypsi.

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