Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New York Times/National Film Board of Canada Collaborate on Op-Doc Series Highrise

From a media release:

The New York Times Opinion Pages Announces New Op-Doc Series on High-Rise Living in Collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada

The New York Times Opinion Pages announced on March 10, 2013 the launch of a new multiplatform interactive series of Op-Docs in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) as part of its ongoing HIGHRISE project.  A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HIGHRISE will premiere this summer on NYTimes.com and subsequently on NFB.ca/highrise.

The series, an interactive project comprised of four short documentaries, explores the history and future of high-rise buildings and their relationship to issues of equity, segregation and social responsibility in cities around the world.

The films are directed by Katerina Cizek and produced by the NFB in collaboration with The Times. The interactive elements are produced by The Times graphics team, under the direction of Cizek and The Times’s Jacqueline Myint. While the first three parts will draw on The Times's extensive photography archive, the fourth chapter of the project will be comprised solely of images submitted by the public. The public can submit a photograph that illustrates an experience of living in or around high-rise buildings. \

• Complete submission guidelines are available online

To create this documentary project, The New York Times has opened up its collection of undigitized photographs to the International Digital Emmy Award-winning team behind the National Film Board of Canada’s HIGHRISE project. Many of the images, portraying the rise of the city in the 20th century, have not been seen for decades.

About the HIGHRISE project
HIGHRISE explores vertical living in the global suburbs. It’s a multi-year, many-media collaborative documentary experiment at the National Film Board of Canada, directed by Katerina Cizek and produced by Gerry Flahive. Since launching in 2009, HIGHRISE has generated many projects, including mixed media, interactive documentaries, mobile productions, live presentations, installations and films. Collectively, the projects will both shape and realize the HIGHRISE vision: to see how the documentary process can drive and participate in social innovation rather than just to document it; and to help re-invent what it means to be an urban species in the 21st century.

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