Roger Ebert Says Online Blizzard Video Deserves Oscar (video)

Ebert praises "Man with a Tripod" homage for beauty, speed

A New York City filmmaker who shot an homage to the 1929 silent film "Man with a Movie Camera" during the city's blizzard sent it to Roger Ebert — and impressed him so much that the critic says the online video deserves an Academy Award.

"This film deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject," Ebert wrote on his blog. "(1) Because of its wonderful quality. (2) Because of its role as homage. It is directly inspired by Dziga Vertov's 1929 silent classic 'Man With a Movie Camera.' (3) Because it represents an almost unbelievable technical proficiency."

Jamie Stuart shot the film called "Man in a Blizzard" or "Idiot with a Tripod" in his Astoria neighborhood during the blizzard Sunday, and sent it to Ebert the next day. It is also posted on YouTube — and now here:

  • Movieman

    I Love It!

  • Skippy

    You can tell it's really Astoria because there's no sign of a plow anywhere.

    • hercules40

      When I grew-up in Astoria it was much the same way — no plowing. (No matter who the mayor was).

      Great film by the way.

  • Dhwax

    roger ebert has been my most consistent adviser for film. He has time and time again told me with stunning accuracy what I would think and feel about a film. It is a coincidence that has saved me from missing great films and wasting time on many others.

    Today, he is right again.
    This little film has the eye of keen observation. It is so technically perfect that we simply find ourselves in Astoria.

  • Steve

    I too made a short snow-themed film (2min) turned around in 24 hours, on Nov 2010.
    Not in New York, but a small fishing town in East Yorkshire (UK).

    I used a (5-year old) Sony Z1, and a (5-year old) Apple MAC.

    I've been unemployed for nearly 18 months. So I really could do with my work being seen and hopefully utilise the recognition to help me make more shorts and find a job! : )

    So if ‘Man in a Blizzard’ is deemed Oscar worthy, what I want to know is: how do I get Roger Ebert (or anyone) to enjoy my film and rave about it also?

    I would humbly appreciate your support in viewing my film:

    Happy New Year everyone : )

    • Shogun

      just watched your beautiful video – thank you

  • Emily T

    So where can we find more by the same artist? He's great!

  • Peg

    yeow. Very well done.