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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Grand Rapids LipDub (NEW WORLD RECORD)

The people who watch this video and only focus on mistakes or flubs are the very people on which a concept like this is completely wasted. An entire city rallied together, raised money and made something positive. What have you done lately?

"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.

This $40,000 production was entirely financed by the generosity of local sponsors that are listed below:

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (
EasyRotor Helicopter (
Grand Vally State University (
metroPCS (
Avanti Law Group (

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (
Experience Grand Rapids (
Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance (
Eastern Floral (
United Bank of Michigan (
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation
The Seccia Family Foundation

Fifth Third Bank (
PNC Bank (
Steelcase (
Huntington (
Biggby Coffee (
Mindscape at Hanon-McKendry (
Harold Zeigler Auto Group (
Express Signs (

Hanon McKendry (
HopCat (
Cascade Engineering (
Rockford Construction (
Siegel Jewelers (
Gentex Corporation (


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