This is what we could do only eleven years ago. We could organize a city full of volunteers to work together to create this epic poem of civic union even in the midst of decay and decline. Why? Because they were all citizens and they all thought it would be a good thing to do. It both fills my heart and breaks it at the same time. Where in lost space and time was that moment and could it come again? My heart wishes that it could but my head fears what my heart desires.
“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