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HIGHRISE/ONE MILLIONth TOWER on the TTC

Toronto’s re-imagined vertical suburbs animate and take shape on subway screens and platforms across the city from January 2 – February 29, 2012.

Developed by curator and CFC Media Lab alumna, Sharon Switzer, this two-fold art installation is a site-specific version of the most recent edition of the NFB’s HIGHRISE project. Presenting the beautifully imagined transformation of a rundown Toronto highrise tower, with landscapes inspired by its inhabitants, the TTC installation asks Torontonians to envision a more livable city.

Reaching more than one million commuters, HIGHRISE/ONE MILLIONth TOWER on the TTC can be found across Toronto’s subway system, as a series of specially designed subway platform posters in 59 stations, and 30-second animated videos that play every 10 minutes all day on the entire network of Pattison Onestop screens.

The NFB’s HIGHRISE project, directed by Katerina Cizek, is a multi-year, multimedia, collaborative documentary experiment about the human experience in global vertical suburbs. ONE MILLIONth TOWER is set in an HTML5 virtual landscape that re-imagines the urban landscape, using 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.

Find HIGHRISE/ONE MILLIONth TOWER online…

Presented by Pattison Onestop, Art for Commuters, and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

You Have to be There: docSHIFT Summit

Don’t miss this boundary pushing conference featuring presentations by leading international innovators and forward-thinking producers. Uncover new business, creative, and technical strategies and inject a fresh perspective into your cross-platform documentaries.

Two full days of inspiration, information, networking, and debate! Promises to be the most exciting docSHIFT program yet.

Some Guest Speakers:

Matt Locke from Storythings
The former head of multi-platform commissioning at Channel 4, and former Head of Innovation at BBC’s New Media takes us to the new frontiers of immersive storytelling. More about Storythings.

Welcome to The Goggles!
Meet Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge, AKA The Goggles: the Vancouver-based creative team behind Adbusters, and the internationally acclaimed interactive documentary Welcome to Pine Point.

Details

When: Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM (ET)
Where: NFB Mediatheque, 150 John Street 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON Canada
Register here: http://docshiftsummit.eventbrite.com/

Congrats: Gemini Nominees!

 

We would like to congratulate all the nominees for the Gemini awards, especially the ones listed below, some of these amazing people are alumni of CFC Media Lab programs and some have been associated with the CFC Media Lab in the past.  Way to go and best of luck everyone!

 

Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction

Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction

Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth – Sponsored by the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction

 

More information…

For a complete listing of Gemini Nominees see this Toronto Life article.
Banner photo taken from: http://interactive.nfb.ca/#/outmywindow

 

Doc Talks: Presented by the NFB and Hot Docs!

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Hot Docs in Toronto announced participants for Doc Talks; a new free series of conversations with international directors.  In this first edition of Doc Talks, innovative and influential filmmakers will discuss the impact of documentaries on the real world in three separate hour long conversations detailed below.

DOCS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Can one film really change the world?
May 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Documentaries have a long tradition of being a catalyst for change. Meet three directors who have sought to create films that help pave the way for social transformation.

Featuring:

Terence Macartney-Filgate – Up Against the System, The Back-breaking Leaf
Shannon Walsh - H2Oil and St-Henri, the 26th of August
Lee Hirsch - The Bully Project

Moderator: Katerina Cizek – Director, HIGHRISE/Out My Window, Filmmaker-in-Residence.

DOCS MODIFYING MINDS

Do documentaries change the way we see our world?
May 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Constant access to information can lead us to think we know the whole story. But docs like Mighty Jerome (Charles Officer), Hot Coffee (Susan Saladoff) and You’ve Been Trumped (Anthony Baxter) take us deeper than the nightly news. Prepare to be surprised by stories you’ve never heard, and transformed by the ones you thought you knew.

Featuring:

Charles Officer - Mighty Jerome
Susan Saladoff - Hot Coffee
Anthony Baxter - You’ve Been Trumped

Moderator: Sarah Spring – Producer (Parabola Films), St-Henri, the 26th of August

DOCS FUELLING DEBATE

Documentary films: Igniting dispute or dialogue?
May 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Documentaries can be controversial; films such as Wiebo’s War (David York) and Blood in the Mobile (Frank Piasecki Poulsen) delve into religion, politics and ethical dilemmas. Attend this session and add your voice to a spirited debate on covering and creating controversy.

Featuring:

David York - Wiebo’s War
Frank Piasecki Poulsen - Blood in the Mobile

Moderator: Katerina Cizek – Director, HIGHRISE/Out My Window, Filmmaker-in-Residence.

For More Details…

Doc Talks – Docs Making A Difference (May 3): http://on.fb.me/ioOhqS
Doc Talks – Docs Modifying Minds (May 4): http://on.fb.me/iY5BsK
Doc Talks – Docs Fuelling Debate (May 5): http://on.fb.me/jcWMZV

PRESENTED BY THE NFB AND HOT DOCS in collaboration with the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Windows Home & International Edition

"Neighbourhood Watch" by Sean Yelland, courtesy of Ingram Gallery

Out My Window won the 2011 Interactive Emmy for Digital Non-Fiction, the inaugural IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, and is available along with other HIGHRISE projects on the NFB’s site: http://highrise.nfb.ca/

For the past year I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with the National Film Board of Canada on the marketing of a project called Out My Window. Directed by Filmmaker in Residence Katerina Cizek, the project is one of the first to launch under the umbrella of the HIGHRISE program at the NFB; a multiyear and multimedia exploration into vertical living in the global suburbs. Out My Window is comprised of several 360º virtual environments representing highrise apartments in 13 cities around the world, and explores how people living in similar architectural structures around the world have customized their space in response to physical, psychological, social, and political factors.

Led by veteran production and coordination teams at the NFB, and brought to life through the creative input of dozens of artists and technicians around the world, Out My Window is a flagship production for the Film Board (an institution internationally renowned for its documentary content) and for Canada. The project advocates Canadian values around storytelling, equity, and diversity while meaningfully engaging with global audiences.

What drew me to the project was how it represented an attempt, sometimes explicit and sometimes emergent, to experiment using multiple systems at the foundation of documentary cinema, all at once: production technique, distribution strategy, and audience engagement. During the creation of Out My Window, all of these “tools” that support documentary projects were rounded up and brought in for analysis, and in many cases, reinvention.


The central interface of Out My Window seems elegantly simple: 360º panoramas of apartments in highrise towers all over the world, within which viewers can interact with objects, people, or views of the cities outside. Most of the people who I’ve shown the piece to over the last several months have remarked at how simple to understand and engaging the panoramic interface is. Asking those same people to explain how they might actually go about filming that 360º panoramic action shot tends to result in a bit of head-scratching.

The wizardry behind Out My Window’s innovative interface came out of a collaboration with the Dutch 360º camera company yellowBird (they also happen to have the best domain name ever: http://www.yellowbirdsdonthavewingsbuttheyflytomakeyouexperiencea3dreality.com). While Stanley Kubrick utilized an f/0.7 lens (allegedly machined for use in U2 spy-planes) to film his epic Barry Lyndon using natural light; and James Cameron developed the Pace/Cameron Fusion Camera System to bring the virtual world of Pandora to life in Avatar; it’s unusual for a group of filmmakers to reinvent the technology with which they capture their scene for a one-off project. But experiments in technology is a part of what Highrise is all about. Some of the content at the heart of Out My Window has already been adapted into a physical installation called StorySpace (in collaboration with the CFC Media Lab, of all institutions… I swear that I’m not part of any recursive linking conspiracy). The living panoramic visuals are probably the aspect of the project that most directly illustrates how its execution was dependent on innovative uses of new tools.

But for all of its benefits, access to new production technology certainly isn’t something to be assumed or taken for granted. Aside from the NFB’s working relationship with yellowBird, creative collaboration with freelance photographers from 13 cities was central to the production of Out My Window. Musicians that appear on the project’s soundtrack were also as much participants in the film’s creation as subjects for its cameras and microphones. I came to the project as a fan of digital storytelling interested in thinking about big issues, and I was welcomed aboard the team to help define strategies for engaging audiences new kinds of media experiences.

In the human research field, there has been an effort in play for decades to recast subjects as participants – it’s at the core of the evolution of modern research ethics. But to see the same shift occurring in documentary production – of subjects and audiences into active co-creators – is exciting. Last week, Kat Cizek posted to the Highrise blog about the interplay between technology and citizen journalism in the Los Angeles Riots of 1992.

A flurry of online activity emerged last month when Paleofuture posted part of a 1987 OMNI Magazine interview about the future of cinema with Roger Ebert. Most of the ruckus was due to the accuracy that seemed to be attached to some of Mr. Ebert’s forecasts about then-emerging revolutions in entertainment. One of his forecasts is particularly interesting, I think because it’s the one we most easily forget to remember as a huge leap – the sheer diversity of cinematic content we have access to, through the Internet (or even Netflix, Canadian content agreements be-damned). What Ebert was most excited about in terms of the digital cinema revolution ahead was how films would no longer only open in a handful of cities around the world. They would open everywhere, in homes and on the go, to roars of applause from Non-Angelinos everywhere. Out My Window is a decidedly international story, and it’s (appropriately) available, online and free-of-charge, to audiences equally scattered across the globe.

Of all the systematic “tools” that act as the foundations of documentary, the one presently under the most intense reinvention is actually the audience. Global audiences are great, but globally connected creative audiences are even better. Out My Window: PARTICIPATE, a side project to the original documentary, invites people from all over the world to contribute views and stories from out their windows to the experience; widening the net of contributors to the project, and ultimately resulting in a completely different viewer experience. Photos and stories submitted to the Flickr Participate pool are fed into an interface on the NFB’s site allowing visitors to interact with a tapestry of views on the world by window-framed image, keyword text, or landscape colour.

While Out My Window is highly innovative in terms of its experience and packaged form, its release also highlighted one of the key benefits of an adaptive online documentary: the option to respond to relevant “Black Swan Events” (an idea developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to reference high-impact events that are extremely difficult to predict with much accuracy) on the global stage. Participate has had a number of submissions inviting online viewers into the surging unrest in Alexandria earlier this year, as well as the resulting celebrations in Tahrir Square.

If you haven’t experienced Out My Window yet, I recommend you dim the lights, come to terms with your fear of heights, and get ready for a moving and deeply innovative interactive experience.

Thanks to Ingram Gallery for letting me show off some of Sean Yelland’s work (on display right now in a great show at 45 Avenue Road). Special thanks to Katerina Cizek, Gerry Flahive, and Sarah Arruda for entertaining my questions about cinema and/or the breadth of social media these past several months!

Trevor Haldenby is a producer and photographer living in Toronto. He has attended Wilfrid Laurier University, Rhode Island School of Design, CFC Media Lab, and is presently completing a Master’s of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCAD University.

docSHIFT Institute: Documentary Proposals DUE MONDAY!

You haven’t forgotten about this, have you?

All Proposals are due after the weekend! December 6th!

OUT MY WINDOW WINS IDFA DOC LAB AWARD!

Really… Was there ever any doubt? CONGRATS TEAM!
(Check out our original post here: stabletalk.cfccreates.com/2010/11/26/out-my-window-nominated-for-idfa-doc-lab-award)

More deets on the Highrise blog: highrise.nfb.ca/2010/11/omw-wins-idfa-doclab-award

CFC Media Lab at HTMlles 2010

Jacqueline Nuwame, Sr. Training Programs Manager at the CFC Media Lab, had the honour of speaking at last week’s HTMlles Festival of Media Art and Networked Practices 2010 in Montreal.

Founded in 1997 and produced by Studio XX, the HTMlles Festival of Media Art and Networked Practices explores various facets of digital technology and the web as a medium for the creation and exhibition of women’s digital artworks. The festival occupies the singular position of being one of the only Quebecois and Canadian events entirely dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of independent media art, its particularity also being emphasized by its feminist approach, concerns and engagements.

Also featured at the festival was First Person Digital, produced in partnership with the NFB, which featured some amazing female-only work.

Take a peek at these other great projects:

www.itschinesetome.net
www.otandayanaan.net
www.perfectplum.com

A big shout-out to Studio XX for organizing this great event!

Out My Window Nominated for IDFA Doc Lab Award

Congrats to NFB/Interactive and Gerry Flahive, Kat Cizek, Branden Batuhin, Heather Frise, and the hundreds of photographers and researchers that made HIGHRISE: Out My Window happen! You deserve this nod!

IDFA presents a new documentary award: the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling. The prize (Canon 5D Mark II camera, made available by Canon) is awarded to the DocLab project that uses digital technology in the most creative and effective way to tell a documentary story.

The award winner will be determined by an international jury consisting of Alexandre Brachet (Gaza-Sderot.com, Prison Valley 2009), Antoinette Hoes (Leylines) and Zach Wise (The New York Times).

Check out DocLab: the official new media program of IDFA, showcasing new forms of documentary storytelling, digital technology and media art.

The judging happens today! Best of luck, team!

docSHIFT Institute Calls for Documentary Proposals

WANTED: Canada’s next award-winning digital documentary!

Do you have a digital documentary idea? One that can attract a large community, win critical success on the world stage, or innovate with a successful business or creative approach? The docSHIFT Institute will support up to four experienced creators with innovative digital documentary project ideas. selected participants will receive mentorship, professional consultation and some financial support to complete their project or create a prototype.

docSHIFT is presented in partnership with Ryerson University, Hot Docs, CFC Media Lab and the National Film Board.

www.doctoronto.ca/docshift-institute

Proposal Deets!

NEW DEADLINE! Monday, December 6th, 9am
CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORM

ELIGIBILITY:

  • A strong digital documentary concept that has been well-researched and is clearly described.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

  • You have a proven track record of success either in documentary or interactive production.
  • You are open and willing to participate in a group learning and mentorship process as part of advancing your own project.

docSHIFT is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.

You Have to be There: docSHIFT Summit

Don’t miss this boundary pushing conference featuring presentations by leading international innovators and forward-thinking producers. Uncover new business, creative, and technical strategies and inject a fresh perspective into your cross-platform documentaries. Two full days of inspiration, information, networking, and debate! Promises to be the most exciting docSHIFT program yet. Some Guest Speakers: Matt Locke from […]

Congrats: Gemini Nominees!

  We would like to congratulate all the nominees for the Gemini awards, especially the ones listed below, some of these amazing people are alumni of CFC Media Lab programs and some have been associated with the CFC Media Lab in the past.  Way to go and best of luck everyone!   Best Cross-Platform Project […]

Doc Talks: Presented by the NFB and Hot Docs!

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Hot Docs in Toronto announced participants for Doc Talks; a new free series of conversations with international directors.  In this first edition of Doc Talks, innovative and influential filmmakers will discuss the impact of documentaries on the real world in three separate hour long conversations detailed […]

Windows Home & International Edition

For the past year I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with the National Film Board of Canada on the marketing of a project called Out My Window. Directed by Filmmaker in Residence Katerina Cizek, the project is one of the first to launch under the umbrella of the HIGHRISE program at the NFB; a multiyear and multimedia exploration into vertical living in the global suburbs.

docSHIFT Institute: Documentary Proposals DUE MONDAY!

You haven’t forgotten about this, have you? All Proposals are due after the weekend! December 6th! Details Here… stabletalk.cfccreates.com/2010/11/18/docshift-institute-calls-for-documentary-proposals

OUT MY WINDOW WINS IDFA DOC LAB AWARD!

Really… Was there ever any doubt? CONGRATS TEAM! (Check out our original post here: stabletalk.cfccreates.com/2010/11/26/out-my-window-nominated-for-idfa-doc-lab-award) More deets on the Highrise blog: highrise.nfb.ca/2010/11/omw-wins-idfa-doclab-award

CFC Media Lab at HTMlles 2010

Jacqueline Nuwame, Sr. Training Programs Manager at the CFC Media Lab, had the honour of speaking at last week’s HTMlles Festival of Media Art and Networked Practices 2010 in Montreal. Founded in 1997 and produced by Studio XX, the HTMlles Festival of Media Art and Networked Practices explores various facets of digital technology and the […]

Out My Window Nominated for IDFA Doc Lab Award

Congrats to NFB/Interactive and Gerry Flahive, Kat Cizek, Branden Batuhin, Heather Frise, and the hundreds of photographers and researchers that made HIGHRISE: Out My Window happen! You deserve this nod! IDFA presents a new documentary award: the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling. The prize (Canon 5D Mark II camera, made available by Canon) is […]

docSHIFT Institute Calls for Documentary Proposals

WANTED: Canada’s next award-winning digital documentary! Do you have a digital documentary idea? One that can attract a large community, win critical success on the world stage, or innovate with a successful business or creative approach? The docSHIFT Institute will support up to four experienced creators with innovative digital documentary project ideas. selected participants will […]

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