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A Laura and Mike Video Contest!

In the spirit of noble competition, we’re inviting you to make a short film to accompany The Ballad of Laura and Mike and submit it for consideration. The winning entry will be our “official video” for the song. Your name will be etched below The Ballad of Laura and Mike until the end of time. Or until the humans rise up and computers stop ruling the world. (Before that, we’ll also send the winner some sweet merchandise.)

It can be a stone-cold, literal interpretation. Or it can be infinitely allegorical. It can be about your life. Or it can be about the entangled bodies of two beetle lovers, twelve arms and/or legs stretching and caressing, deep down in the swaying summertime grasses. Whatever makes the most sense to you and seems truly befitting and/or beautiful — we will watch them all and decide which one we believe is the best.

To enter, read through the brief rules of engagement below, download the track, and when you’re ready come back to this page and submit your name, email address, and some details about your video. We’re extending our deadline, accepting submissions until midnight on August 12, and Chris and Sean Hansen will pick their favorite. We’ll announce the winner the following week.

Ready to get started? Download the track below. Get the lyrics here.

The Ballad of Laura and Mike (.wav)

Rules of Engagement

  1. Video submissions must contain only original material. No copyrighted materials may be used unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
  2. Entries can be submitted through the website starting on July 26, 2017. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm EST on August 7, 2017. The winner will be announced on August 9, 2017.
  3. To submit your entry, upload your video to YouTube and send us the link to it using the entry form below. Be sure the privacy setting for the video is unlisted but not private. (Please follow the Community Guidelines and make sure you are wholly compliant and consistent with the YouTube Terms of Service. Any entries that don’t comply will not be considered. Note: YouTube is not a sponsor of this contest.)
  4. All entrants give 131 Records / Matt Pond permission to use their names, stills, and video submissions, in part or in whole, for advertising, publicity and promotion purposes.
  5. The winner must submit a signed/completed Actor Release Form for each person appearing in your video.
  6. We hope it goes without saying that violence, profanity, sexually explicit content, libel and/or attacks on individuals or organizations may not be depicted in any form. Videos should not invade anyone’s privacy, reveal other people’s personal information or display predatory behavior. Videos must not contain material that promotes intolerance, harassment, intimidation, racism, hatred or harm against any group, individual or organization or promote discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. But we have to say it anyway.
  7. By entering this contest, entrants agree to abide by these contest rules and regulations.

Actor Release Form (.pdf)

Ready to Enter?

The contest is closed! We'll announce the winner on August 9!