Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection: LipDub at Calvin College

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection
LipDub at Calvin College

The YoungCuts Film Festival is pleased to announce that it has selected Rachel Kuyvenhoven's music video LipDub at Calvin College as one of our Top 100 International Short Films for 2011. The film is also shortlisted for consideration as Best Music Video.

LipDub at Calvin College Poster


The Official Final Deadline of the YoungCuts Film Festival was June 15th. While we will only announce our full selection of our Top 100 around July 15th and while there is still an opportunity for films that we haven't received yet to trickle in after the deadline, we thought that we would begin announcing some of the films that we know will be included in our Top 100.

These won't be announced in any kind of order and they should not be interpreted as any kind of ranking, just that we have all the material for this particular film and that we do consider it one of the Top 100 short films by filmmakers 25 and under that we have seen (and will see) out of more than a thousand films that we have screened from more than 30 countries.


Josh Schroyer, Kristin Crawford and Rachel Kuyvenhoven

LipDub at Calvin College 
Directed by Rachel Kuyvenhoven
Produced by Josh Schroyer and Kristin Crawford
Featuring So Much Love by The Rocket Summer

To paraphrase The Huffington Post, a lipdub "is a one shot, amateur, multi-performer dub of a (popular) song."

This film is a particularly fine example of the genre raised to an incredibly high level of difficulty and executed flawlessly.

The film is also filled with little sight gags that reward attentive viewers.

Lots of stair obstacles


Runtime: 4 min : 3 sec
Completion: May 2010
Country of Origin: USA (Michigan)
SynopsisA four-minute one shot video of students going about their regular activities, such as rock climbing, swimming, and working out, while also singing along with the song So Much Love by The Rocket Summer.

Filmmaker Statement: The project began with four months of preproduction and hours of planning and choreography. The lipdub was filmed in just three hours, including the rehearsal with the cast of 100 people. The filming included five takes, and the final one became LipDub at Calvin College.

Behind the scenes of LipDub at Calvin College


Filmmaker Bio: Rachel Kuyvenhoven is a recent graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a B.A. in Media Production and a Business minor. She specializes in producing and seeing a project from start to finish. Rachel has produced for several short films, including Coffee Shop: A Musical.

Filmmaker Age: 22


The 2011 YoungCuts Film Festival will begin on Thursday, September 29th. Screenings will be at the Guzzo Spheretech beginning on Friday, September 30th. Stay tuned for details on how to enjoy the amazing films that we will be presenting including LipDub at Calvin College!

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