Pure Michigan has partnered with Rob Bliss AND Jeff Barrett of Status Creative, General Motors, and Weber Shandwick (one of the largest public relations companies in the world) to create a Pure Michigan Viral Video, visiting 50 cities in one week filming each city singing a line from the chosen song of "Good Times" by Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City.
Grand Haven has been selected as one of the stops. Community leaders, including the Chamber of Commerce, City of Grand Haven, Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Development Authority, Grand Haven State Park and the U.S. Coast Guard, have all been busy for the past three weeks planning for Grand Haven's creative twist for the film.
As part of that creative, the planning committee has secured the use of a helicopter for filming and expects this will give the scene a competitive advantage. In addition, Native singer-songwriter, Garrett Borns, will be representing Grand Haven and singing the lyrics in the closing scene of the video.
Filming for Grand Haven is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Friday. The video will include the lighthouse, pier, state park and beaches. A helicopter will capture the scenes. The community is invited and encouraged to participate. Those who wish to participate are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. at the entrance of the pier to receive their instructions and allowing organizers time to coordinate.
Parking is available at the Grand Haven State Park with either a Recreation Passport or a State Park Day Pass. Limited parking is accessible at the Grand Haven City Beach for no charge or the Beach Express will be available, with pickup at Lakeshore Middle School for $1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to wear their favorite beach attire and/or fun bright-colored shirts. Since the Grand Haven scene will be an aerial shot, participants are encouraged to bring colorful beach towels, umbrellas and beach balls.
“To be successful in our vision we need the help of the community,” said Marci Cisneros, executive director of the Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want to fill the beach and pier with enthusiastic residents and visitors who love Grand Haven.”