(Norman,Okla.) April 19, 2011—For the first time in the history of the Norman Music Festival, two entities of the Norman Arts Council are joining forces to bring the vote of the people to the Music Video Picks contest, held during the fourth annual music festival.


The Norman Music Festival and the Cinematic Artists of Norman announce the Music Video Picks Top 10 screening schedule and People’s Pick voting event for Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29.

Oklahoma film and music industry professionals have chosen the recipients of the Pro’s Picks for the MVPs.  Now, festival-goers may have their voices heard. Viewers may attend special screenings of the top ten music videos at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28 at the Form and Function Lab, 123 E. Main St., above Guestroom Records, and at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 29 at Gray Owl Coffee, 223 E. Gray St.


The screenings will provide a venue for audience members to cast their vote for their favorite video.  A $1 minimum cash donation to the NMF will count as one vote. The video with the most cash donations will be the winner of the MVP People’s Pick award. Donation voting jars will be present at the screenings.


Music videos also will be screened at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Dreamer Concepts and on the Saturday, April 30, on the Main Stage.


In addition to the People’s Pick, the Pro’s Pick will be awarded to the most outstanding music video produced by Oklahoma talent and will be presented on the main stage of the festival. 


Judges for the Pro’s Pick are Trent Bell, Bell Labs Recording Studio, who has worked with such artists as The Flaming Lips and Starlight Mints;  Beau Leland, independent filmmaker and director of award-winning film Rainbow Around the Sun, and cameraman on Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo; and Melissa Sue Lopez, local filmmaker, director, writer and musician.


“It's an honor to take part in the selection and judging process. The MVPs provide an excellent opportunity for bands and filmmakers alike. The very essence of the music video is promotion, and what better way to showcase exciting new talent in both music and visual arts than to feature an entire program on music video production,” says Leland.


Based on the judges’ scores, the top ten music videos will be screened throughout the festival and will be eligible for the People’s Pick award, a fundraising award to support a free NMF.

Prizes for both awards have been donated by Grapevine Media and Freestyle Productions.


Those interested in volunteering for the screenings should contact Temple Tucker at (405) 473-4803. 


All of the 2011 submissions are available for viewing online at www.vimeo.com/musicvideopicks. The Top 10 videos will be revealed at the screenings.


The fourth annual Norman Music Festival will be held Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place on the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of historic Downtown East Main Street, east of the railroad tracks in the Arts District.  More than 160 independent bands from across Oklahoma and the United States will perform on up to five outdoor stages and as many as 10 indoor local bars and restaurants as well as the Sooner Theatre. On Saturday night, April 30th, national recording artists will perform on two major outdoor stages in addition to the remaining festival.


For more information on the Norman Music Festival or the Music Video Picks contest, contact visit www.normanmusicfestival.com or www.cinematicartistsofnorman.org.