DocLab Shorts 24 Nov at 19:45
A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
IDFA DocLab presents: Out My Window by Katerina Cizek
If you’re interested in new forms of documentary storytelling, you’re in for a nice treat.
Why? Because today we’re presenting the online premiere of the latest interactive project from the National Film Board of Canada: the 360 degree webdocumentary Out My Window, created by Czech-Canadian filmmaker Katerina Cizek.
Almost a year ago, Cizek came to IDFA DocLab to try out a new 3D video technology and to present her ideas for Out My Window, a new crossmedia project following her previous Webby Award-winning Filmmaker in Residence. A lot has happened since then, and we’re happy to announce that in about one month, Cizek will return to Amsterdam for the offline premiere of Out My Window at IDFA DocLab 2010 (during a live cinema event) and to present an interactive 3D installation version of Out My Window, realised in collaboration with IDFA DocLab and the Brakke Grond.
To accompany today’s internet premiere of Out My Window, Katerina Cizek wrote us the following blog post (see below). Please stay tuned for the complete program of IDFA DocLab 2010, about to be announced very soon…
Today is launch day for our major HIGHRISE web-based project, OUT MY WINDOW: Interactive Views from the Global Highrise. Just in time to make a joint announcement with IDFA DocLab 2010 that we will do our world premiere of a live screening and art gallery installation of OUT MY WINDOW at IDFA 2010, so keep November 18th and 21st open!
We had barely started the project just a year ago, when Caspar Sonnen, curator of IDFA DocLab, hooked us up with the Dutch new tech firm YELLOWBIRD. We ended up working together in Amsterdam, Toronto and Havana to film parts – amazing parts – of this documentary in 360 degree interactive video. (See also this previous blog post about shooting 360 degree video)
How much can change in a year.
Out My Window is one of the world’s first 360 degree documentaries, delivered entirely on the web. It explores the state of our urban planet, through the people who look out onto the world from highrise windows.
Out My Window features 90 minutes of documentary material from 13 cities around the world, shot in 13 languages. As the director, it’s been an honour to work on this huge global collaborative effort over the last year: we worked with over 100 photographers, journalists, architects, residents, activists, researchers around the world to bring you these incredible stories of inspiration, community and resilience.
As for the OUT MY WINDOW gallery installation that will come to the Brakke Grond Theatre and Gallery in downtown Amsterdam during IDFA and for 2 months beyond that. It’s part of an exciting line-up called Expanded Documentary. Check back here soon for more details.
The Out My Window installation is being created by the 3D artist Priam Givord, and is co-produced with Canadian Film Centre Media Lab. The installation translates the web-stories of Out My Window into physical space, featuring a massive lattice of screens (8 meters wide) and a virtual adaptation of the stories using Toronto’s own awesome tech TOUCHDesigner from Derivative.
Please share Out My Window with your friends/colleagues on facebook, twitter etc., tell us what you think and stay tuned for the Out My Window participatory companion site featuring user-generated photos from around the world, due out very, very soon!
Katerina Cizek is a Czech-Canadian documentary-maker, working across many and any media. She created and realized the webby-award winning landmark project Filmmaker-in-Residence at the National Film Board of Canada (IDFA 2009). Before that, she co-directed a documentary with Peter Wintonick called SEEING IS BELIEVING (IDFA 2002), which examined the social and political uses of new technologies. She is now director of HIGHRISE, a multi-year cross-media documentary project also at the National Film Board of Canada, about the human experience of vertical living around the globe. She has been blogging here at DocLab, updating us about her experiments and collaboration with the dutch new tech 360 degree video company YellowBird, whom she met at IDFA DocLab 09.