Contests U.S.A.

1980, 24:38 min, color, sound

In search of the offbeat and extraordinary aspects of "ordinary people," Blumberg has often documented regional American culture. Here, he and co-producer Jules Backus celebrate the idiosyncracies and pride that distinguish small-town America, taking to the road like portapak-toting precursors to Charles Kuralt. Summer Ski Jumping, produced in Lake Placid, New York, documents the camaraderie of local residents as they demonstrate the non-competitive spirit of off-season sport at the 33rd Annual 4th of July Summer Ski Jump. Proud owners parade their canines ("pedigree, mutt, and all ugly") in The Ugly Dog Contest, shot at dog's-eye level. Festival of Musical Saws displays the resourcefulness of virtuoso saw players in Santa Cruz, California, as they transform this household tool into a musical instrument.

Summer Ski Jumping: Producer/Director/Camera/Editor: Skip Blumberg. Audio/VTR: Barton Friedman.

The Ugly Dog Contest: Producers: Skip Blumberg, Jules Backus. Post Production: Bay Area Video Coalition.

Festival of Musical Saws: Producers/Editors: Skip Blumberg, Jules Backus. Recorded by Skip Blumberg, Jules Backus. Post Production: Bay Area Video Coalition.

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