VIDEO: Roger Ebert Champions Amateur Short Film for Oscar Glory
Celebrated film critic Roger Ebert is championing an obscure new short film for Oscar glory -- an exquisite home video shot by a random New Yorker.
Jamie Stewart's Man in a Blizzard (which he jokingly calls Idiot With a Tripod) was filmed earlier this week during New York's blizzard and is, as Ebert points out, a "wonderful" homage to the 1929 silent classic Man With a Movie Camera by Russian documentarian Dziga Vertov.
"Any professional will tell you the talent exhibited here is extraordinary," Ebert blogged on the Chicago Sun-Times website. The film critic lauded the clip for three reasons, including its "almost unbelievable technical proficiency." Check out the snowy short film below.
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