10 of the Most Creative Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

These Challengers Went Above and Beyond for a Great Cause

The #IceBucketChallenge was one of the biggest viral sensations of 2014. You couldn't refresh any of your social feeds without seeing a video shared of some famous celebrity or other high-profile influencer dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads to support ALS Association research.

From Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, to Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake, everyone who took the challenge seemed more than willing to get a little cold and wet if it meant they could help spread the word about a good cause. Those who completed the challenge kept the viral momentum going by ending their videos with nominations of other individuals and top influencers to participate in the challenge as well.

Despite some of the criticism the goofy hashtag game has received about doing nothing to help ALS awareness, the Association announced that a whopping $41.8 million had already been between July 29th to August 21st, 2014 compared to the $2.1 million that was raised during the same period in 2013. Clearly, a silly social media gimmick can do some pretty remarkable things.

Here are some of the most creatively thought up and captured #IceBucketChallenge videos from a few artsy filmmakers who've shared them on Vimeo. And since you're still reading this, you might as well visit the ALS Association website so you can hit the big red "Give Now" button to make a donation of any amount if you haven't yet already.

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Would you be willing to dump a bucket of dry ice over your head? In this video, there's a brief shot of the box containing the dry ice with a huge warning on it: EXTREMELY COLD. (Do not put in drinks, do not eat, do not touch skin, etc.) At least he wore goggles and gloves. Ouch. Don't try this at home, folks. More »

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Props to the film buffs who worked on this one to make viewers feel like they've been taken back in time. The guy in the video even dressed the part, and the music choice really gives it that old classic feel about it. Things gets a little more intense and noisier during the peak moments of ice drenching before wrapping it up with that old-timey music. More »

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This filmmaker produced a short film narrating his own thoughts about ALS, and openly stated he didn't know much about the disease at first. Being nominated for the #IceBucketChallenge put the disease at the "forefront of his mind," as he describes in the video, and he became more than happy to help by spreading the word. More »
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Cue the waterworks. The creator of this film tells a brief story about his father's lost battle with ALS, then zooms away on a a motorcycle with his ice bucket to a specific roadside parking spot. It's not detailed in the video or description, but I get the hint that the spot may have something to do with his father. A truly beautiful and moving film well worth watching (and sharing). More »

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What is it about water falling in slow motion that's just makes it so fascinating to watch? This film starts with challengers already soaked, then slowly rewinds the video footage so you can watch each person's expression go from "wow, that's cold" right back to "I really hope this isn't going to be too cold." Short, sweet and simple — but still a great little creative film. More »

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This girl is a winner, because she doesn't shiver.

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Unfortunately, this video has been removed, but it's still worth mentioning even if you can't watch it anymore. "Just don't shiver, a winner doesn't shiver," a clip from the 1999 movie Julien Donkey-Boy whispers repeatedly in the background as a girl sitting in front of a very yellow wall pours water from a pitcher into three jars with ice and then dumps not one, but all THREE of them over her head. Good on her for facing the pain three different times in just 16 seconds.

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So, apparently J.J. Abrams challenged the 501st Legion (an international Star Wars fan group, don't-cha know) to take the #IceBucketChallenge. Members of the group gladly accepted, and the result is this video compilation of Stormtroopers, Sith Lords and other beloved characters from the movie dumping buckets of ice water over their heads. Amazing. More »

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That dramatic dance scene from the 1980s movie Flashdance has been spoofed possibly hundreds of thousands of times, so it only makes sense that someone would do it for the #IceBucketChallenge too. This group of dancers not only had matching 80s outfits, but they also put the men under the spotlight for the choreographed dance. I thought that was pretty hilarious. More »
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These filmmakers created a short movie inspired by classic Hollywood crime drama and the #IceBucketChallenge. It's about four minutes long and a very fun little movie to watch. Spoiler alert: Most of the characters end up soaked and frozen near the end. As they say — "Justice is an icy river to cross." More »

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Does it still count if you're already underwater? This diver at the National Aquarium decided to do the challenge anyway. First, he spells out "ALS" using shells or coral for the people watching on the other side. Then, another diver dumps a bucket full of something — possibly sand mixed with ice water — over the other diver's head. I'd say it counts, just for being carried out in such an unusual setting. More »

Learn More About ALS from Our Neurology Expert

The ALS #IceBucketChallenge may have been a wildly entertaining viral success, but the disease itself is quite serious. If you'd like to know more, About.com Neurology Expert Dr. Peter Pressman can help you gain a better understanding of what ALS is and how it's currently being treated.
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