I want to give you a quick taste of what we’ve got going at HIGHRISE. Last post I mentioned our new production THE 2,000th TOWER, a new work stemming from, you guessed it, THE 1,000th TOWER: Stories from Inside a Toronto Suburban Highrise documentary, which we created last spring. In our new project, the highrise residents of the same Toronto Suburb re-imagine their dilapitated buildings and neighborhoods, with world-class architects by their side; animators bring their sketches to life. Here’s some images from the charette, on which we will be basing the story.
Many, many hands have pitched in to craft 2000th Tower.
And I also want to give a shout out to three Out-My-Windowers, who are on their own new productions and personal cinematic journeys… all connected to India.
[Chennai] Last weekend, I attended a fundraiser for HIGHRISE colleague Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam’s new film project that will take her to India at the end of the month. She is creating an experimental documentary to tell the story of her uncle, an artist and a huge inspiration to her when she was a child. He died by suicide at the age of 35, and Maria is seeking cinematically to understand his life and his legacy. At her fundraiser, Maria was surrounded by her family and loved ones, as she showed her previous film, Pretty Little Bits, and excerpts from Out My Window. Her mom also pitched in for the evening with her choir, singing Venezualen songs.
[Kolkata] Meanwhile, another HIGHRISE colleague, Paramita Nath, has just returned from India, having completed her shoot for her short experimental documentary about violence against women, set against the backdrop of Durga, a festival in Kolkata.
[Dharamsala] And this weekend, Amchok Gompo, the star in the Toronto section of Out My Window, held a very moving, private screening in Toronto of his new feature-length feature film, entitled UNPREDICTABLE LIFE, which he shot, wrote and directed within the Tibetan community in India last spring. The film is visually stunning, and tells a moral tale of Tibetan values: how urban modernity bumps up against rural tradition. (Some of the urban scenes did happen inside a highrise, btw) UNPREDICTABLE LIFE could possibly be one of first DIY, self-made Tibetan fiction feature film made by a Tibetan. A huge congrats to Amchok, his family and his friends for this enormous achievement.
Amchok, Thanglo and family receive congratulations for the film, UNPREDICTABLE LIFE