Snow, Reconsidered

by Zoë Pollock

Roger Ebert marvels at this superb example of modern day filmmaking:

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.

Ebert interviews the filmmaker about his process and embeds the original Vertov classic. Having missed the storm while staying in Toronto (go figure), I thought this a beautiful capsule of the wonder, humor, and frustrations of snow.

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