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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HIGHRISE PART 1

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HIGHRISE PHOTOS

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HIGHRISE DESCRIPTION

“A Short History of the Highrise” is an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500-year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. The centerpiece of the project is four short films. The first three (“Mud,” “Concrete” and “Glass”) draw on The New York Times’s extraordinary visual archives, a repository of millions of photographs that have largely been unseen in decades. Each film is intended to evoke a chapter in a storybook, with rhyming narration and photographs brought to life with intricate animation. The fourth chapter (“Home”) is comprised of images submitted by the public.

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HIGHRISE QUOTES / PRESS

“Masterpiece”
— Indiewire

“Spectacular”
— Fast Company

“Cinema and interactivity are influencing each other more and more,” said NFB senior producer Gerry Flahive. “In our HIGHRISE project, we’ve always been platform-agnostic, embracing the potential of both. This collaboration with Op-Docs has given the NFB and The New York Times a chance to further advance online documentary storytelling.”

“In Op-Docs, we celebrate unique voices and creative storytelling approaches, and now we’re bringing opinion journalism to the interactive documentary form,” said Jason Spingarn-Koff, New York Times commissioning editor for Opinion video.

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER

ONE MILLIONTH TOWER TRAILER

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER – ANIMATIC VERSION

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER – WEBGL CAPTURE

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER – IMAGINE

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER – LIVING PROOF

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER – OPEN TECHNOLOGY

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER PHOTOS

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER ONE LINE DESCRIPTION

ONE MILLIONth TOWER re-imagines the urban landscape, with the magic of cinema, architecture, animation and cutting-edge open-source web technology to transform a dilapidated highrise neighbourhood into a vibrant resident-led community. A documentary set in virtual storytelling landscape.

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER FULL DESCRIPTION

ONE MILLIONth TOWER re-imagines a universal thread of our global urban fabric — the dilapidated highrise neighbourhood. Over a billion of us live in vertical homes, and most are falling into disrepair. A group of highrise residents, together with architects, re-envisions their vertical homes, then animators & computer programmers magically bring their sketches to life in this documentary for the contemporary web-browser.

The result of this unique collaboration is a lush, visual story unfolding in a 3D virtual environment. Visitors explore how participatory urban design can transform spaces, places and minds.

Additional Features include behind the scenes documentary videos and a spectacular interactive feature which takes users to highrise neighbourhoods in almost any country in the world, thanks to Google Streetview and satellite imagery. It’s based on our own original reseach to find and understand highrise communities in every country around the world.

One Millionth Tower is a story with global implications about how, with the power of imagination, we can transform the urban and virtual spaces that belong to all of us.

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ONE MILLIONTH TOWER QUOTES / PRESS

“One of the most exciting documentary film releases of the year. But you won’t need to brave the cold or stand in line to experience it…. The film lives, breathes, and changes just like the Web. When it’s raining in Toronto, it’s raining in One Millionth Tower. Trust me — you just have to see it.” — Mark Surman, ED of Mozilla Foundation

@Terry_Whyte, Acadia University, sez “Came for the HTML5, stayed for the story. Documentary meets web tech about urban renewal. Highly recommended.”

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HIGHRISE

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HIGHRISE PHOTOS

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ONE LINE DESCRIPTION

HIGHRISE explores vertical living in the global suburbs, and is an Emmy-winning  many-year, many-media collaborative documentary experiment at the National Film Board of Canada.

FULL DESCRIPTION

HIGHRISE is a many-year, many-media collaborative documentary experiment at the National Film Board of Canada directed by Katerina Cizek. Over the years, HIGHRISE will generate many projects including mixed media, interactive documentaries, mobile productions, live presentations, installations and films. Some will be local interventionist place-based projects, situated in cities around the world. Others will go big-picture with a broad, global look at the experience of vertical living. Collectively the projects will both shape and realize the HIGHRISE vision: to see how the documentary process can drive and participate in social change rather than just documenting it; and to help re-invent what it means to be an urban species in the 21st century.

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HIGHRISE QUOTES / PRESS

“To be human in this century, more than ever before, is to be urban” – Katerina Cizek, director

“By going global and local at the same time, HIGHRISE is based in intensive community collaboration, married to an international vision for what documentary can be.” – Gerry Flahive, senior producer

HIGHRISE provides a lens onto the uncharted, undocumented territory of the suburban vertical city, challenging our own perceptions of the urban experience. The project fuses the intellectual with the emotional, the creative with the practical, the personal with the political, the domestic with the geographic. HIGHRISE is also an experiment in how documentary itself can drive or participate in social change rather than just documenting it. – Katerina Cizek, director

“The suburb is the most dynamic and problematic part of our city” – Roger Keil, urbanist, York University

My naïve understanding of suburbs – a retreat for the middle classes – was a simplistic, outdated stereotype. The urban peripheries both horizontal and vertical are places overflowing with humanity, yet are often invisible to the drive-by eye, to the closed mind. – Katerina Cizek, director

It {HIGHRISE] explores the global phenomena of urbanization – and suburbanization – and what it means for so much growth to take place on the margins of cities, with populations sprawling outward and upward in skyrise buildings all around the world. This massive project is introduced in an artistic interactive site that is completely engaging and unforgettable.- “7 Mindblowing Multi-Media Projects”, Public Radio – Makers Quest 2.0

TWEETS

@dougsaunders, The Globe and Mail’s European Bureau Chief, author of Arrival City says: “Documentary-maker Katerina Cizek is up to something pretty genius re plattenbau: http://highrise.nfb.ca/

@koci, Ford Foundation Multimedia Fellow @ UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism sez: “This is a must see, beautiful! Watch the Trailer http://highrise.nfb.ca/

Back in the Blogosphere, multimedia shooter lists HIGHRISE as No . 1, in the “9 Multimedia projects you must see.”

The U.S. based Documentary Blog sez HIGHRISE is, “hands down, the snazziest website I have ever seen for a documentary,” as they list us as one of the 10 documentaries to watch for in 2010.

And then, the Canadian Minister of Heritage, tweeted about the list.

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DIRECTOR PHOTOS


PHOTO: JAIME HOGGE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA


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OUT MY WINDOW

OUT MY WINDOW TRAILER

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OUT MY WINDOW Flat Videos

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OUT MY WINDOW PHOTOS

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OUT MY WINDOW ONE LINE DESCRIPTION

Out My Window –one of the world’s first interactive 360º documentaries-explores the state of our urban planet told by people who look out on the world from highrise windows.

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OUT MY WINDOW FULL DESCRIPTION

The high-rise apartment block is the most commonly built form of the last century. From Chicago to Bangalore, Beirut to Havana, millions now gaze on the world through high-rise windows.  Documentarian Katerina Cizek explores the state of our rapidly urbanizing planet within a 360° interactive environment. Through an inventive collage of photography, text and music, she crafts forty-nine incisive vignettes, set in thirteen cities. Transplanted Turkish peasants, Brazilian squatter activists and renegade Cuban musicians—city dwellers across the globe describe the view from the upper floor.

Users navigate across a spectrum of contemporary urban issues, from the transformation of former Eastern Bloc cities like Prague to the hijacked high-rises of Johannesburg, discovering the power of community among the concrete slabs of modernism.  Come on up. The world looks different from here.

The first global documentary to emerge from the multi-year, many media HIGHRISE project at the National Film Board of Canada. Winner of the IDFA DocLab Award 2010, Cross-Media Prize for School and Youth Education BaKaFORUM 2011 and the International Digital Emmy Award for Non-Fiction, 2011.

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OUT MY WINDOW QUOTES / PRESS

Early Press Reviews and Tweets of OUT MY WINDOW

“stunning… profoundly moving”

-Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/876179–online-a-window-on-the-world

“Now THAT is how interactive documentaries should be”

- @ gnomeslair, online gamer, on twitter

“This is stunning, merging the geography of the high rise and film”

-@PJHatfield, curator at British Library, on twitter

“epic… must watch”

- @ripmanifesto,

(brett galyor, award-winning director of RIP Manifesto) on twitter

also tweeted by editors at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

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THE THOUSANDTH TOWER

THE THOUSANDTH TOWER PHOTOS

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THE THOUSANDTH TOWER ONE LINE DESCRIPTION

Equipped with digital cameras and powerful personal points-of-view, six Toronto residents are documenting their own vertical lives against the backdrop of the city’s ambitious Tower Renewal effort in The Thousandth Tower.

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THE THOUSANDTH TOWER FULL DESCRIPTION

Toronto is a city of more than 1000 towers. But we rarely hear from the people who live in them.

Equipped with digital cameras and powerful personal points-of-view, six Toronto residents are documenting their own vertical lives against the backdrop of the city’s ambitious Tower Renewal effort. Their photo stories are the first installment of the National Film Board of Canada’s long-term collaborative documentary project, HIGHRISE, witnessing the human experience in vertical living across the globe.

The Thousandth Tower explores one of the Tower Renewal pilot sites on Kipling Avenue in Rexdale and is the first project that has come out of the NFB’s “Highrise” umbrella, a multi-year, multimedia documentary that looks at buildings not just in Toronto, but around the world.

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THE THOUSANDTH TOWER QUOTES / PRESS

“Looking at the exhibit now, you can see commonalities. People are happy to be in Canada and are in the process of becoming Canadian citizens but always thinking of home and having feelings of loneliness and alienation. They carry all those memories into the place that they occupy today.” –Kat Cizek, excerpt from Spacing Magazine

When viewing the exhibit, the towers start to look not like hunks of concrete, glass and steel but rather giant filing cabinets of human life and memory. It also mixes Toronto with “back home” in beautiful ways.-Shawn Micallef, for Eye Weekly and Spacing Magazine

http://spacingtoronto.ca/2010/05/11/event-guide-look-up-the-nfb-turns-the-camera-on-torontos-highrise-buildings/

On Wednesday at City Hall, the NFB premiered The Thousandth Tower, a moving multimedia documentary that shows life inside two towers in Rexdale. Most of the buildings are in the outer ring of the 416, neighbourhoods that teem with the multiculturalism the GTA boasts of, but are shut out from downtown’s power and the 905’s suburban dreams.-Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/808709–documentary-details-life-in-crumbling-apartments

All six were given digital cameras and a blog. Over six months, they met weekly with the filmmaking team, for workshops on lighting techniques and writing. The result is a moving, colour-saturated glimpse into six lives full of hard work and tenacity. – Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/808709–documentary-details-life-in-crumbling-apartments

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