Creators hope a joyful Naples goes viral with ‘Lipdub’
Dave Elliottt on the air at WGUF-FM
COURTESY PHOTO Octogenarians, actors and artists, kids and local government representatives singing and dancing together, in the streets of downtown?
It’s happening, live, on Sunday, April 22, when a video called “Lipdub Naples” will be created and produced. Incorporating participants lip-synching lyrics to three popular songs while dancing up a storm, “Lipdub Naples” will be filmed with just one camera and no editing. It will begin at the corner of Third Street South and 13th Avenue South and will pick up people and momentum as it wends its way to the Naples Pier.
The idea is based on two similar lipdubbing videos created in Traverse City and Grand Rapids, Mich. Those videos garnered national media recognition and millions of hits on Youtube.
“Lipdub Naples” creator and executive producer Dave Elliott knows the level of work it takes to produce a quality video. He owns Voxnow Studios in Naples and hosts a live radio program on WGUF-FM every afternoon.
The 88-year-old Naples icon Peter Thomas, a longtime resident and international voiceover artist, opens “Lipdub Naples” with quintessential storytelling to a little girl: “I remember when Naples was a small, out-of-theway town on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico… Now, Naples is a growing, bustling city… It still has that smalltown feel, but with a whole new energy. Naples really is a piece of paradise, where we all live, love, laugh and even — dance.”
As Mr. Elliott describes it, the video will then cut to “energetic, joyful and organic action that features fun, upbeat songs that represent us and our town. I want to show the world that Naples is the place for all ages to have a good time.”
Performers include hip-hop dancers, barbershop quartets, Dixieland bands, cheerleaders, tumblers, tap and ballet dancers, students from Sabal Palm Elementary School and the Naples Philharmonic String Quartet.
Adding an artistic twirl, “Lipdub Naples” will feature local painter Mimi Wilson and John McKerrow, creator and director of Florida Weekly’s Best New Theater Company, Shakespeare in Paradise.
Community leaders such as County Commissioners Donna Fiala, Georgia Hiller and Tom Henning will sing alongside City Council members Bill Barnett and Sam Saad and Collier County School Board member Pat Carroll. Media personalities are expected to join the fun, too.
“Lipdub Naples” will start at the gazebo at the corner of Third Street South and 13th Avenue South with the song “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas. The band of merrymakers will continue to strut their stuff singing Taio Cruise’s “Dynamite” down Broad Avenue to Gordon Drive, and will shake it all the way to the pier, where they’ll belt out “Let the Sunshine In” by The Fifth Dimension.
In addition to Mr. Elliott, the “Lipdub Naples” committee is comprised of producer Mary Kay Dedousis; video coordinator Joel Banow (who directed the moon landing for CBS in 1969); videographer David Fralick of Alpha Media; former New Jersey police officer Jerry Parino and his wife Diane, Keeth Kipp; and webmaster Anthony Wilson.
The committee is grateful for the continuous support from such sponsors as Third Street South Association, Neapolitan Enterprises and the city of Naples, Tamiami Ford, PNC Wealth Management, Naples International Film Festival and various Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.
Upon completion, corporate sponsor Silverspot Cinemas at Mercato will host a premier viewing of “Lipdub Naples” followed by a reception.
“Then watch for the video to go viral on the web,” says Mr. Elliott.
The video will be promoted worldwide by the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. ¦
If you’d like to be part of the crowd when “Lipdub Naples” is filmed live on Sunday, April 22, find out how to get involved at www.LipDubNaples.com.
To see the Lipdub videos that inspired the Naples effort, search for Grand Rapids Lipdub and Traverse City Lipdub on YouTube.