Two days ago — which is when the Northeast was slammed by a giant blizzard — filmmaker Jamie Stuart grabbed his camera and headed out into the storm. After shooting on and off for about nine hours, he edited the footage, uploaded it to YouTube, and sent it to Rober Ebert. And hey, that paid off! Because Ebert then re-posted the video on his blog along with an argument about why the short deserves to win an academy award.
His main points:
(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.
So here is the Ebert-recommended "Idiot With a Tripod":
And, if you really want to sound like you know what you're talking about, here is "Man With a Movie Camera":
So will Ebert's backing might actually get this thing to the Academy Awards? (HAHAHAHA no. That would mean the Academy was with it and progressive. Oh well.)