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Acclaimed ‘Girl Walk’ debuts in Starkville tonight

January 5, 2012

By ANGIE CARNATHAN

Starkville is getting a rare opportunity tonight for film, dance, theatre and music fans.
“Girl Walk // All Day,” a 73 minute dance music video which has only been shown in two other cities in the world — Brooklyn, N.Y., and Denver, Colo. — makes its Starkville debut 8 p.m. tonight at The Veranda. This showing is only the fourth of the critically acclaimed video.
Starkville native Jessi Arrington, the founder and owner of the New York graphic design company WORKSHOP, is the sister of Amy Yates, who co-owns The Veranda with her husband, Jay Yates. Arrington was integral in bringing this opportunity to Starkville.
“The project (has) the music video industry as well as the dance world all a flutter,” Arrington said, “and I want to share it with my hometown.”
Arrington said the music video follows three dancers across New York City and is set to Girl Talk’s album “All Day,” which is mixed from 372 overlapping samples from five decades of pop music.
“Through the project’s filming, I became friends with the director, Jacob Krupnick; his wife (and) producer Youngna Park; as well as the amazing dancer cast,” Arrington said. “I was at the world premiere in Brooklyn a few months ago, and it was one of the best nights of my life.”
Although the entire project will eventually be available online, Arrington said nothing compares to experiencing it in a group.
“I’ve been to two public showings of it (in Brooklyn), and the feeling of joy and celebration that comes through in the music and the dance is something that is so much more exciting when it’s experienced with a community,” Arrington said. “It just changes the watching of it; there were certain moments when everyone in the room would break into cheers at the same time. We all ended up getting up and dancing. It was amazing.”
One of the three very talented dancers featured in the music video is Anne Marsen, who plays The Girl. Marsen has a recurring role on the drama “The Good Wife.” The other two showcased dancers are John Doyle (The Creep) and Dai Omiya (The Gentleman).
“This video is full of life and joy and is perfect for setting the tone for an amazing 2012,” Arrington said. “Spoiler alert: I might even get 10 seconds of screen time toward the end of the video.”
Arrington and Yates’ mother, Martha Taylor, said she was instantly a fan of the film. She was at the first showing with Arrington in Brooklyn.
“You just can’t help but get excited watching it,” Taylor said. “I think the response the film got from the crowd at that first showing shocked even the people who created it. An hour after it was over, everyone was still up dancing, including me.”
Yates said when her sister first told her of the music video, she had a hard time imagining it.
“I don’t even know what I was expecting, but it was way beyond what I could have ever imagined,” Yates said. “As soon as I saw it, I just knew we had to show it at The Veranda.”
Arrington said she believes the event will be a great experience for anyone in the area who is involved in film, dance, theater or music. The video, which has been called a love letter to New York City, has received rave reviews.
According to NY Daily News, “Krupnick, the 28-year-old creative mind behind Internet sensation ‘Girl Walk,’ is using the city of New York as his backdrop for one of the most far-reaching ... music videos yet.”
Activities at The Veranda begin at 7 p.m. for those who would like to order cocktails or dinner, and viewing begins at 8 p.m.
For more information on the viewing, call The Veranda at 662-323-1231. For more information on the video, visit http://www.girlwalkallday.com.

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