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Skip Blumberg (born October 10, 1947) is an American filmmaker. He 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. His cultural documentaries and performance videos have been broadcast on PBS, National Geographic TV, Showtime, Bravo, Nickelodeon, among others. Influence Blumberg recognized early in the 70s the potential of film recording could have in society. Just like him, many new hip youngsters are part of this new revolution of sharing media content with the tip of their fingers. Filmmaking makes it possible for media spaces and experiments with their footage to share their perceptions of their world. As Bloomberg puts it to be communicators and activists, sharing messages through video format allows for experimentation in ways that will make audiences react to the video. Teaching filmmakers how to reflect cultural standards and sort of instill rebellion through videography allowed a community of citizens to question culture and norms. Melanie La Rosa interviews Blumberg on this topic of modern media stating, "the current media landscape now also includes many websites with archives." questioning how media fits into the university model. His take on the early video movement contributes to the modern digital age of rapid, and complex forms of communication through media creating new internet social networks. A key takeaway from Blumberg that everyone should know, is one thing the early video movement has contributed to modern-day media, is the initiation for creativity and how digital utopia can be reshaped to question and to inspire. Reference:La Rosa, Melanie. “Early Video Pioneer: An Interview with Skip Blumberg.” Journal of Film and Video 64, no. 1–2 (2012): 30–41. TVTV Blumberg worked with behind-the-scenes coverage of broadcast news interviewing Walter Cronkite, john Chancellor, and they introduced the popularization of anchors in the news. He was a part of the early video collective Videofreex. He is currently producing works for The My Hero Project. and Sesame Street along with various independent productions.
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