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The Grand Rapids LipDub (NEW WORLD RECORD)

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Published on May 26, 2011

This film is dedicated to the late Roger Ebert, who died at the age of 70, on April 4th, 2013. Ebert loved movies and even named our LipDub, "The Greatest Music Video Ever Made."

Scott Erickson Films (http://twitter.com/scottcerickson) & Rob Bliss Creative (http://bit.ly/TaNJc4)

http://facebook.com/GRLipDub | http://twitter.com/GRLipDub

Scott Erickson Films Inquiries: http://twitter.com/scottcerickson
Rob Bliss Creative Inquiries: rob[at]robblisscreative.com

"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:

PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (http://amwaygrand.com/)
EasyRotor Helicopter (http://easyrotor.com/)
Grand Vally State University (http://gvsu.edu/)
metroPCS (http://metropcs.com/)
Avanti Law Group (http://avantilaw.com/)

GOLD SPONSORS:
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (http://www.krispykreme.com/home)
Experience Grand Rapids (http://experiencegr.com/)
Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance (http://downtowngr.org/)
A.K. RIKK'S (http://akrikks.com/)
Eastern Floral (http://easternfloral.com/)
United Bank of Michigan (https://unitedbankofmichigan.com/)
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation
The Seccia Family Foundation

SILVER SPONSORS:
Fifth Third Bank (http://53.com)
PNC Bank (http://pnc.com)
Steelcase (http://steelcase.com)
Huntington (https://huntington.com/)
UICA (http://uica.org/)
Biggby Coffee (http://biggby.com/)
Mindscape at Hanon-McKendry (http://mindscape-hm.com/)
Harold Zeigler Auto Group (http://haroldzeigler.com)
Express Signs (http://giantgraphics.com/)

BRONZE SPONSORS:
Hanon McKendry (http://hanon-mckendry.com)
HopCat (http://hopcatgr.com)
Cascade Engineering (http://cascadeng.com/)
Rockford Construction (http://rockfordconstruction.com/)
Siegel Jewelers (http://siegeljewelers.com/)
Gentex Corporation (http://gentex.com/)

Rob Bliss Events and SEF video
(http://facebook.com/robblissevents)
(http://sefvideo.com/)
proudly present

in association with Creo Productions
(http://creoproductions.com)

THE GRAND RAPIDS LIPDUB VIDEO

LINE PRODUCER
Josh Rubino

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
Keri Larsen Kujala

ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCER
Melissa Dylan

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Andrew Tingley, Creo Productions

DIRECTOR
Rob Bliss

PRODUCER
Scott Erickson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Rob Bliss
Scott Erickson

FULL CREDITS HERE
http://www.facebook.com/GRLipDub?sk=info

MUSIC
"American Pie," written by Don McLean;
Produced by Ed Freeman for The Rainbow Collection, Ltd.

FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/GRLipDub

T-SHIRT DESIGN:
Grand Rapids Graphix: http://grandrapidsgraphix.com/

Comments • 7,112

TheBricksFamily
Awesome! Seems like a great place! :)
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Fred Rodrigues
By watching things like this I understand why USA, even with all the issues it may have, still is the greatest country in world.  From Brazil.
Ryan Vooris
Late night when I get a bit sad and tired, I turn on this video and all is good again.
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DavidinSLO
This reminds me why after all these years the Midwest continues to hold a special place in Americans' heart - with love from California
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Kate C
Doesn't matter how many freaking times I watch this...I still get chills :)
pinchead
Thats is one of the most amazing thing iv seen. In a time when there is so much anger and hate and separation of people. To see a town come togather and create something so magical and exciting is awsome. Thank you for comming togather its puts hope back into humanity. That we can still come togather and not just for disasters but for fun. Thank you
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Linda Smith
I left GR in 1965 to move east, but in my heart I was sure I would someday get back. Circumstances interfered. . I'm 74 years old, and one of the very few things on my bucket list is to get back to this beautiful city one more time.
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Kalligan90
Congrats, Grand Rapids, from Brazil
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sonofmabarker
Love this video. Just think of all the hard work it took to make it! 
watchauburn
All the way from Washington State - we love this video! Well done Grand Rapids. Well done.
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