Masters Series with Katerina Cizek

Class: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Lab: Saturday, February 21, 2015

This intimate professional development series focuses on the craft and art of documentary media. Celebrated documentary filmmakers and other acclaimed pros (including editors, cinematographers and sound design) share their expertise and experiences. For more on the DOC Institute’s Masters Series, click here

Masters Series Class and Lab

Emmy-winning filmmaker Katerina Cizek is working on the frontline of the digital revolution. In this Masters Series Class, Cizek will use her critically acclaimed National Film Board Project HIGHRISE as a case study to discuss web documentaries and interactive storytelling, and offer concrete advice on how to take digital docs from conceptualization to execution.

HIGHRISE explores “vertical living in the global suburbs” and since its launch in 2009 has gone on to earn a Canadian Screen Award, an International Digital Emmy for Non-Fiction, and the Inaugural IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling. The Master Class will also include a sneak preview of Cizek’s third and final instalment of the NFB HIGHRISE project.

On February 21, Cizek will lead an intensive lab for individuals working on interactive docs. Applications for the Lab are NOW CLOSED.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015,  6:30pm – 8:30pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
Location: Camera Bar (Map)
Price: DOC Members: $55* / Non-members: $75 / Students (with valid I.D.) $45

*Non-DOC members who purchase tickets can get a special $15 rate on a POV Magazine subscription!

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Katerina Cizek is an Emmy-winning documentary maker working across many media platforms: digital media, broadcasting (radio and television), film, print and live presentations/installations. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement.

At the National Film Board of Canada, she has helped redefine the organization as one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, first with the Webby-winning Filmmaker-in-Residence and now, with the 2-time Emmy winning HIGHRISE. Both community-based and globally recognized, these two ground-breaking serial and digital projects have also garnered: a Peabody award, a World Press Photo Prize, a Canadian Screen Award, an IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, a Sheffield Doc/Fest Award, and a BAKAFORUM Youth Education Prize, amongst others. Cizek has forged unconventional, creative partnerships for these NFB documentary projects with such diverse organizations ranging from an inner-city teaching hospital to Mozilla Foundation, to most recently, The New York Times. The two projects are also interventionist, and participatory: they have contributed to conversations about health-care policy, urban planning as well as the health outcomes and living conditions of the participants themselves.

Cizek’s earlier human rights documentary film projects have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at an International Criminal Tribunal. Cizek’s films include the Hampton-Prize winner Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Peter Wintonick), In Search of the African Queen: A People Smuggling Operation (1999, co-director), and The Dead are Alive: Eyewitness in Rwanda (1995 editor, co-writer, narrator). She is currently a Visiting Artist at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, and she is completing the final iteration of HIGHRISEan interactive documentary called UNIVERSE WITHIN.

Critical praise for Katerina Cizek:


“The work of Katerina Cizek is absolutely unmissable.” – Indiewire


“Cizek plays with interactivity in her project, but it feels authentic in her hands, and useful.” – Forbes


“Telling the whole story of the highrise is a tall order (pun-intended), but documentarian Katerina Cizek has created an innovative solution.”