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film - man in a blizzard by jamie stuart

So there was a winter storm that hit the NE coast of America on December 27th 2010. People were worried, scared and pissed. They turned in droves to social media and complained bitterly. They think nature is their friend and that nature sustains them, and yet suddenly nature let them down; but nature doesn't care.

When nature strikes, government doesn't help either, because government doesn't operate on a one-person-at-a-time schedule, or on nature's schedule. Government is for all of us, all of the time, except when it isn't.

Like nature it can't help itself or you. 

Jamie Stuart, "an idiot with a tripod" shows us, very cleverly, how useless we actually are when faced with what nature does, naturally.

Here's Jamie's story via Roger Ebert's Journal

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.

You can tell from the cinematography he knew exactly what he was doing and how to do it. He held the Vertov film in memory. Stuart must already been thinking of how he would do the edit and sound. Any professional will tell you the talent exhibited here is extraordinary.


gazing into the crystal ball

denis dutton - arts & letters daily