Leslie Forstadt and Jamie Ballinger, both Bangor residents, saw the many music video versions already out there of Pharrell’s inescapably upbeat chart-topper, “Happy,” in cities and towns from Bucharest, Romania to Kingston, Jamaica; from New York City to San Francisco. Williams himself has challenged fans worldwide to film their own videos in their own communities, as can be seen on the website 24hoursofhappy.com.
“We want to create a video that reflects the spirit of Bangor, it’s iconic sites, and it’s friendly people,” said Forstadt.
To participate, dancers and “happy” people can come to downtown Bangor on Saturday, May 3, and be a part of filming at one of two locations: at the finish line for the Erin’s Run 5K, set for 10:30 a.m. on the Bangor Waterfront, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Pickering Square, as part of the Kid Central Festival, or at 1:30 p.m. at the Paul Bunyan statue near the Cross Insurance Center. A filming time and date set for the Thomas Hill Standpipe will be announced at a later date.
Alternately, interested participants can film their own lip-synced video and dance and submit it online, through http://bangorgetshappy.wordpress.com/.
Bangor isn’t the only town filming its own “Happy” video. Belfast is also in the midst of filming their own video, with some of the filming already complete, and more set for next weekend as well. A promo video for the community effort was uploaded a few weeks ago.
“Some 60 scenes from the harbor to the school and city hall, farms, woods, stores, schools and more will feature Belfast dancers,” said Mike Hurley, city councilor and owner of the Colonial Theatre. “The goal is to put it on YouTube and show off all facets of Belfast as a fun and happy place.”
Both the Bangor and Belfast videos are expected to be completed and put online in the next four to six weeks.