Skip Blumberg

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Skip Blumberg
Born New York City
Nationality American
Known for Video art, New Media Art
Spouse(s) Jane Aaron (m. 1988; d. 2015)

Skip Blumberg is one of the original camcorder-for-broadcast TV producers, and among the first wave of video artists in the 1970s. His early work reflects the era's emphasis on guerrilla tactics and medium-specific graphics, but his more recent work takes on more global issues. His work has screened widely on television and at museums. His video Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show (1981) is considered a classic documentary video and was included in the Museum of Television and Radio's exhibition TV Critics' All-time Favorite Shows.[1] His cultural documentaries and performance videos have been broadcast on PBS, National Geographic TV, Showtime, Bravo, Nickelodeon, among others.

He was a part of the early video collective Videofreex.

He is currently producing works for The My Hero Project.[2] and Sesame Street along with various independent productions.[3]


  • When I was a Worker Like Lavern, 1976 - An early example of Blumberg's personal documentary approach begins as an informative look at the mail-order distribution process, and ends as a candid observation of management/labor relations.[4]
  • For a Moment You Fly, 1978 - A portrait of a unique one ring circus in NYC. This is an informal portrait of a circus that emphasizes "human-sized events" as an alternative to the mainstream circus, suggesting an affinity with Blumberg's own "human-sized" video as an alternative to mainstream television.[5]
  • Contests USA, 1980 - A three-part documentary; Summer Ski Jumping, The Ugly Dog Contest, Festival of (Musical) Saws, that explore the "extraordinary" aspects of "ordinary" people.[6]
  • Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show, 1981 - A look at the young participants of the Double Dutch Championship in New York City.[7]
  • Sesame Street - Since 1988, Skip Blumburg has created over 75 segments for the show.
  • Nick At Nite ID's, 1991 - Skip Blumburg created 4 ID's for the block using pixelation & rotoscoping.
  • Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone, 2001 - A short produced for about 12-year-old Jemma Brown, who started to serve cookies to the firefighters 3 days after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.[8]
  • Con Creep, 2001 - A portrait of a New York street musician who has maintained financial stability despite the constant presence of the police force.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Ohio State University Journalism Award
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Participating Filmmaker - Sundance Institute Dance Video Lab
  • Esquire Magazine’s “Best of the Next Generation”
  • Museum of TV and Radio’s “TV Critics’ Favorite Shows of All-Time.”

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