'Man in a Blizzard': Roger Ebert thinks this NYC snowpocalypse video deserves an Oscar
Oh, Internet, you’re the best friend ever. Thanks to you, the cosmically destructive blizzard that shut down the Northeast earlier this week already has a comprehensive Wikipedia page. And now, the storm has its own definitive movie: Man in a Blizzard (a.k.a. Idiot with a Tripod), a short video shot mid-storm by Jamie Stuart, a New York City filmmaker. Roger Ebert is already championing the film for a short-subject Oscar, not least because because the film doubles as a wonderful homage to Man with a Movie Camera, the 1929 film by Russian director Dziga Vertov that invented and/or perfected basically every cool cinematic technique. It’s difficult to describe the appeal of Man in a Blizzard — it initially seems like a series of random shots, but Stuart’s technical precision elevate it into something more: rapturous, joyful, even funny. Check it out below!
PopWatchers, do you think Ebert’s onto something? Could this inspire a new wave of “city symphony” short films? Fellow holiday travelers, were all those terrible hours spent in stand-by at the airport worth it for this movie?