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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Calling All Zombies: Walking dead extras needed for Wade in Cheboygan

Rick Coates - July 11th, 2011
Calling All Zombies: Walking dead extras needed for Wade in Cheboygan
By Rick Coates
During recent road construction on US 23 heading into Cheboygan, the electronic road signs flashed: “Warning Zombies Ahead!... Don’t Worry It Is Just Wade.”
The sign was referencing the filming of the action horror film Wade.
“My parents called me when they saw the sign thinking I had something do with it, but we didn’t know anything about it,” said Mike Julliet one of the producers of Wade. “We are just so excited that the community has embraced this film project.”
The excitement continues for Wade, which was originally filmed in 2009 as a 20-minute short to be entered in film festival competitions. After winning several awards at various film festivals, interest in Wade has reached Hollywood.
“We have interest now for this film to becoming a full length feature,” said Haynze Whitmore, who wrote the screenplay. “Now we are making what is called a financial trailer, that will be about seven minutes in length. This trailer is what investors or productions houses such as Lions Gate will use to decide if they are interested in backing the film.”

HORROR PROS
Whitmore and Julliet feel confident that their film will get picked up especially after a few veteran horror film actresses agreed to come to Cheboygan and film the trailer.
“We sent the script to Kim Porier, Monique Dupree and Sierra Holmes and they have all agreed to come into Cheboygan this week and film this trailer,” said Julliet. “In fact they have agreed in concept to star in the full feature.”
Porier, Dupree and Holmes will film at various locations throughout the community Thursday through Sunday. All three actresses are household names in the horror film genre.
“Kim Poirier is 31 and from Canada and has been in several films and TV shows, she is probably best known for being in the film the New Dawn of the Dead, but she has also starred in a lot of stuff on the SyFy Network and on the hit sitcom Mad Men, so we are very lucky to have her for this,” said Juliet. “Plus we have Monique Dupree known as the First Black Scream Queen. In addition to all of her horror film work she was in Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman and The Replacements with Keanau Reeves and Gene Hackman.”
Whitmore and Juliet are also excited about rising star Sierra Holmes joining the cast.
“She is probably best know for her butt,” laughs Julliet. “She is the ‘butt model’ on the Levi Jeans commercials. Plus she has been staring in the VH1 series Scream Queens, and she just landed a big role in the Piranha 3DD that is currently being filmed.”

LOCAL TALENT
When the 20 minute short of Wade was filmed in December of 2009 the producers used local talent and that will be the case for the trailer and eventually the full feature.
“We need to use major actors to star in the film. This will attract the production companies and it will also attract moviegoers, these ladies in particular Poirier and Dupree have a following,” said Whitmore. “We will still need several local actors for the film; in fact for this trailer we are looking for extras to play zombies, we don’t need people to be as beautiful as these three stars; we are looking for people of all ages shapes and sizes.”
Julliet also points out that the final product will be filmed in Cheboygan, “Haynze wrote this screenplay to take place in Cheboygan and we will film it here and around Northern Michigan,” said Juliet. “We are not sure of the total price tag but we feel that we have all the pieces in place to make this look like it was a multi-million dollar project that may only cost a million dollars or even less. We also hope to land some of the Michigan film incentive money since we will be a smaller budget film.”
Wade is a comedic/horror story about a war hero that has to adapt to small-town life after serving years in the armed forces. He takes a job as a bug exterminator and often feels the urge to go head-to-head in combat with the bugs using army artillery. Disaster strikes when a chemical company illegally spills a bizarre toxic waste that turns people into the living dead. Wade has to go back to his roots as a soldier and save this small town from damnation.
So after a couple of years has Whitmore made modifications to the script?
“Yes some, but the essential elements are there. Wade is a cocky character and people are attracted to anheypd get attached to Wade,” said Whitmore. “That is what these actresses told me when they watched the short and when they read the script, they got attached to the Wade character. What we heard at several film festivals we entered the short in was people wanted to know what was going to happen to Wade next, they kept telling us that they were walking out of the film wanting more.”

If anyone is interested in being a “zombie” in the film or assisting in another capacity of the project they should contact Mike Julliet at 231.818.6178. To watch clips from Wade or other film projects of Haynze Whitmore check out his site www.haynzewhitmore.com . Kim Porier, Monique Dupree and Sierra Holmes have all agreed to do meet and greets during their visit to Cheboygan. If you would like to meet the actresses, get photos or autographs, they will be at Johnny’s Bar on Thursday July 14 around 9 pm and Mulligan’s Saturday July 16 around 9 pm.
 
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