"It was just for fun," said Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh. "It's not a promotional video. It's not a marketing piece. It's just Statesville folks having fun in their hometown."
Statesville, an All-America City in 2009, put together a video with city officials and residents dancing around the town to the tune of the song, “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. It’s worth a look.
From the city’s website:
Among the nearly 200 participants in the video, you'll see Mayor Kutteh, City Council members Ron Matthews and Bonita Eisele, along with numerous City employees, their family members and friends. Along the street, you'll see Statesville Police Detective Sharon Watts and Fire Marshall Mike Billings.
"It was so much fun," said Matthews. "I've only heard great response from around those who have seen it."
The chamber of commerce CEO and civic booster par extraordinaire David Bradley got the idea from a “lip dub” he saw on NBC’s Today Show. He asked Nancy Davis, the city’s public affairs director, if they could do something similar in Statesville.
“The video is filmed in one shot. It starts at the Chamber building and ends on the square without stopping the camera. The song….was playing over big speakers throughout the streets as the filming was going on and participants were strategically placed along the route to sing and dance with the music. Then it was edited so that the music was synched with the video.
"Fun," that's all I can say, said Davis. "It was just fun."
To read about Statesville's All-America City projects, link here.