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Man In A Blizzard - By Way of Roger Ebert

Posted on December 29th, 2010 Written on michael's blog

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An homage to Man With A Movie Camera

Roger Ebert is probably the greatest living film critic in the country today, if not in the world.

This morning he posted a video sent to him by Jamie Stewart entitled 'Man in a Blizzard".

Stewart shot the video on a Canon 7D and cut it on FCP.

Here is Ebert's critique:

This film deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject.
(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. It was filmed during the New York blizzard of Dec. 26, and Jamie Stuart e-mailed it to me with this time stamp: December 27, 2010 4:18:18 PM CST.


I have nothing but respect for Roger Ebert, but we should start sending him our videos on a regular basis.

The man has years of Hollywood experience with the best filmmaker's in the world behind him. 

And now, he's an advocate for the product of 'The Revolution'

So bravo Jamie Stewart!

Here's a link to Dziga Vertov's 1929 classic "Man With A Movie Camera"






Category : Indie filmmaking news  
2 comment(s)

8:40 pm Thursday
Jan 6, 2011
While I think Roger Ebert does a great job with movie reviews, I think he has spent too much time in Hollywood where it takes a week to shoot 30 seconds of a film - and a team of hundreds. That's why he found this clip so 'amazing'. He has to get out more.

8:34 pm Thursday
Jan 6, 2011're the expert, so help me on this one. Why was Roger Ebert was so gaga over this montage by Jamie Stewart? Because it was produced so quickly? Jamie gets an "A" for speed, but that's old news. Was it the video quality? Another "A" Jamie, the Canon 7D is impressive. Technical proficiency? Maybe. Does this video embody New Yorkers feelings of frustration and helplessness so much during the recent blizzard that it deserves an Acadamy Award nomination? Really? If so, where was Charles Kuralt's narration or Jamie's for that matter? I'm wondering if RE lives in a vacuum and doesn't know what is actually happening on the street...