JGLNG (pronounced "juggling")/The First International Whistling Show

1976-78, 28 min, b&w, sound
1976, 5 min, b&w, sound
1978, 23 min, b&w, sound

Blumberg's characteristic approach to documenting offbeat, regional Americana is evident in these early tapes. In JGLNG, Blumberg achieves a graphic visual composition that cunningly encircles both abstraction and documentation. With an economy of means, he renders the ordinary extraordinary, superimposing two recorded images of a single event — a juggler juggling. A playful portrait of grassroots American culture emerges in The First International Whistling Show, an affectionate document of a whistling contest in Carson City, Nevada. Blumberg showcases the pride and skills of the contestants, capturing the spirit of a folk art form and a community.

JGLNG (pronounced "juggling"): Audio/VTR: Jane Aaron. Juggler: Mario Droguett.

The First International Whistling Show: Producers: Skip Blumberg, Jules Backus.