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VIDEO: Flash Mob about climate change

A video of local Nevada County residents performing an impromptu dance on the streets of downtown Nevada City is gaining popularity.

The YouTube video that shows three iterations of a flash mob performed during South Yuba River Citizens League’s 12th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival is making the rounds on Facebook community groups.

“When I was talking to (Wild & Scenic producer) Mark Reiner about fun things we could do, he suggested a flash mob,” said Wild & Scenic Film Festival Downtown Coordinator Beverly LaFae. “I said ‘I know people that do that.’”

LaFae enlisted the services of Xylem Larla Dey, a Nevada County resident and flash mob organizer.

“I just gave them the idea and they ran with it,” LaFae said.

The flash mob essentially depicts business-oriented people with profit motives being interrupted in their activities by a group of scientists who are concerned about the implications of climate change, Dey said.

The argument escalates until it is interrupted by a group of activists who tell both sides to “Beat It” as the 1982 Michael Jackson single plays.

“It was pretty fun,” said Dey, who plays one of the businesswomen wearing a suit in the center of the shot at the beginning of the video.

Dey said they received positive feedback from those who gathered to watch the performance.

“There might have been better crowds if it hadn’t been raining,” Dey said.

Dey said the group also benefited from the contributions of Akhi Lavoie, a local filmmaker who agreed to film the performances and cut them together into a video.

“It was a great collaboration,” she said. “We are going to look to incorporate other people and make new friends for future flash mobs.”

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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