Saturday, January 1, 2011

Storm with a Camera

I don't travel as a rule during the Holidays. I'm fortunate to live within walking distance of work and all the staples of life in a city, so hitting the road is not a frequent, much less daily, event. As Christmas fades into New Year's Day, again as every year stories of stranded passengers, storms and stresses on people and places as huge numbers of people travel. Here in San Francisco, it is a chilly, gray and rainy day, dark and windy. On the East Coast, though, i am hearing stories of a Great Blizzard that all but seized New York City, grinding it to a frozen white halt.
Below is a hypnotic short film by Jamie Stuart made during the Blizzard called "Idiot with a Tripod", an homage to the 1929 Dziga Vertov film "Man with a Camera." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times received it from the filmmaker via email and has written glowingly about it. I learned about it through Gothamist, the NYC website. I'm posting it here for its intense attention to the City itself, to street elements, roads, the style of its place, and a gorgeous record of both a difficult and amazing event.

Idiot With A Tripod from Gothamist on Vimeo.

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