The People Formerly Known as Subjects: Documentary Collaboration in the 21 Century

??In this talk, Director, Katerina Cizek and Senior Producer, Gerry Flahive, compare two distinct projects within their HIGHRISE story universe (Out My Window and One Millionth Tower) in order to explore the multitude of co-creative possibilities in a new kind of documentary practice. ??The National Film Board of Canada’s HIGHRISE project is a multi-year digital documentary experiment exploring the human condition of vertical living around the globe. This Emmy-award winning project innovates with new approaches to both documentary form and content.

HIGHRISE Director Katerina Cizek is an Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. Recently, she was listed as Reelscreen’s 2011 Trailblazers in Non-Fiction, alongside Wim Wenders and the Channel 4 Commissioning Team.

NFB Senior Producer Gerry Flahive has worked on more than 40 films, such as award-winners Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the 70s Generation and Manufactured Landscapes. Recent projects include the groundbreaking St. Michael’s Hospital/Filmmaker-in-Residence project, the epic Great Lakes documentary, Waterlife, and Paris 1919, inspired by Margaret MacMillan’s bestseller.

Presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab in the MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program with support from the Council for the Arts at MIT and the Camden International Film Festival.


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