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Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

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From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Lip Service

Erin Crowell - July 11th, 2011
Lip Service: TC lip dub planned for July 17
By Erin Crowell
When a rock star lip-syncs on stage it’s considered cheating. Lip-syncing
on YouTube? Perfectly acceptable… even celebrated as lip dub music videos
are popping up all over the Internet – most recently (and famously) a
music video to Don McLean’s “American Pie” performed by the City of Grand
Rapids.
Thousands of residents participated in the downtown lip dub after a
January Newsweek article declared Grand Rapids as one of America’s Dying
Cities. The music video—which runs approximately nine minutes—was declared
a new world record, with over 3.4 million views (as of print) on YouTube
and Roger Ebert claiming it as “the greatest music video ever made.”
Traverse City hopes to make its own musical mark with a lip dub scheduled
to shoot on Sunday, July 17.
“We’re not saying we’re a dying city,” said Max Fischer, director of the
planned lip dub, “we’re just saying TC is an amazing place.”

LIP WHAT?
For those still left in the dark, a lip dub is a single-shot,
choreographed music video where participants mouth words to a song –
preferably a famous one. In this case, Traverse City will “sing” Paul
Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” and “Jump” by Van Halen – two upbeat, high
energy tunes of the ‘80s.
“We had a bunch of song ideas but none of them really embodied Traverse
City,” said Fischer who, when he moved to the area in 2009 from Orlando,
believes everyone should visit Traverse City at least once in their lives.
“When I think of ‘Jump,’ I think of fun; and ‘You Can Call Me Al’ makes me
think of building friendships and bonds.”
The music video will incorporate many elements of the area, including
members of the community such as the Traverse City Roller Derby team,
several cheerleading squads and numerous businesses and media.
“We’re looking for a lot of boats in the water just to show, ‘hey, not
only do we have a great community, but we’ve got great weather and a place
to park your boat,’” said Fischer.

BODIES NEEDED
Hosted by the Traverse City Film Festival and FishSoup Films, the lip dub
is the brainchild of Film Festival interns Jenny Omness and Emily Aja.
Recently, the office hosted auditions for “singers,” those who will be
responsible for lip-syncing the words in front of the camera.
And while the final 36 singers have been chosen, Fischer said there is
still a need for background folks along the filming route.
Music will be played over a loudspeaker as the camera starts on Front
Street and heads west to the Boardman Bridge (next to the farmers market),
goes through the tunnel and ends up at the Open Space. There, the largest
crowd will be needed for the final shot.
Organizers said they are hoping for just one take, but because of the
complexity of coordinating one continuous shot, it could take several.
“We’re also in need of at least 15 more assistant directors,” said
Fischer, who served as an intern on Michael Moore’s latest documentary
“Capitalism: A Love Story.” AD’s will be stationed along the route and be
assigned to a specific area to help coordinate and cue their designated
group of people as the camera rolls.

The lip dub is scheduled to shoot on July 17, from 1-6 p.m. Those
interested in being a part of the Open Space final shot should arrive at
1:30 p.m. Others interested in signing up their organization or becoming
an AD may email lipdub@traversecityfilmfest.org. Check out their Facebook
page for updates by searching “Traverse City Lip Dub.”

 
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