Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Grand Rapids LipDub Answers Newsweek With Class

This is awesome! Grand Rapids, MI answers Newsweek's claim that it is a "dying city."



A description of the project from the creators of what Roger Ebert calls "The Greatest Music Video Ever Made.":

"The Grand Rapids LipDub Video was filmed May 22nd, with 5,000 people, and involved a major shutdown of downtown Grand Rapids, which was filled with marching bands, parades, weddings, motorcades, bridges on fire, and helicopter take offs. It is the largest and longest LipDub video, to date. This video was created as an official response to the Newsweek article calling Grand Rapids a "dying city." We disagreed strongly, and wanted to create a video that encompasses the passion and energy we all feel is growing exponentially, in this great city. We felt Don McLean's "American Pie," a song about death, was in the end, triumphant and filled to the brim with life and hope." - Rob Bliss, Director & Executive Producer

*Note: The "NEW WORLD RECORD" designation refers to size and scope, not duration. Storyboards and concept art by Greg Oberle. The $40,000 production was entirely financed by the generosity of local and national sponsors.

Produced by Rob Bliss Events and SEF video in association with Creo Productions

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Music: "American Pie," written by Don McLean;
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