When Newsweek reported that Grand Rapids, Michigan was a “dying city”, Grand Rapids set out to prove them wrong, lip dub-style. On May 22, 2011, downtown Grand Rapids shut down in order to film the largest and longest lip dub video ever, complete with marching bands, parades, motorcades, weddings, a helicopter ride and even bridges on fire, made to prove that they are very well still alive and kicking.
Rob Bliss, Director and Executive Producer of the project, expresses the lip dub’s objectives in a description on the video page on YouTube. He says, “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.”
The epic lip dub cost a whopping $40,000 to produce and was sponsored by a variety of local businesses, from banks to floral shops, restaurants and more. A list of the sponsors appears in the video description, as well as in the credits at the end of the video.
I don’t know if this video will convince Newsweek that Grand Rapids isn’t a dying city (sorry, but the streets did seem a little empty), but it certainly looks like it was fun to make! Check out the video below and scroll down to let us know what you think in the comments. It seems like a lot of people in Grand Rapids play the guitar, right? Oh! And if you like lip dubs, don’t miss our list of 10 Hilarious Lip Dubs On YouTube.
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