Yes, it can, says Roger Ebert. The movie critic declared amateur filmmaker Jamie Stuart’s Idiot With a Tripod or Man in a Blizzard worthy of “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.”
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.
Here’s the video (below) for your critical review. What do you think? Does it deserve a run down the red carpet?