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NFB Debuts New Forms of Documentary Filmmaking at IDFA

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The National Film Board of Canada will debut new cinematic and digital media productions this week as it participates in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

IDFA is called the world's largest documentary film festival; it takes place November 17 to 28.

The NFB continues to explore and expand the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema with productions such as those shown at IDFA, and it is breaking new ground in form and content through community filmmaking projects, training programs for emerging filmmakers, cross-platform transmedia content, multi-platfrom distribution, stereoscopic 3D animation, and more.

IDFA's new-media program DocLab, where new forms of documentary filmmaking and storytelling are in the spotlight, will showcase four NFB Web projects - HIGHRISE, The Test Tube with David Suzuki, Welcome to Pine Point and This Land.

HIGHRISE is a multi-year, multimedia, collaborative documentary experiment about the human experience in global vertical suburbs. Its first international production, Out My Window, is also one of the world's first interactive 360º documentaries. Delivered entirely on the Web, Out My Window is a journey around the world through the most commonly built form of the last century: the concrete-slab residential tower. Meet remarkable high-rise residents in 13 cities who harness the human spirit - and the power of community - to resurrect meaning amid the ruins of Modernism.

The Out My Window StorySpace Installation takes the Web explorations of the feature-length web documentary Out My Window and extends them into the physical environment through projections of interactive photo-collages. The world premiere of the Out My Window StorySpace Installation takes place at the Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond arts centre.  

HIGHRISE was created by Katerina Cizek and Gerry Flahive, The National Film Board of Canada

This Land - is an interactive photographic adventure documenting filmmaker Dianne Whelan as she accompanies a 16-day military expedition to the northernmost tip of Canada to plant a single flag. Told through audio narrative, text, photographs and film, This Land maps out a 2000-kilometre voyage on which Whelan was not only the sole non-military officer, but also the only woman. Her advice: Keep your batteries in your bra. Stay together, stay alive. Move slow: If you sweat you die.

Creators: Dianne Whelan, Jeremy Mendes and the National Film Board of Canada


The Test Tube with David Suzuki - By combining interactive video with live data pulled from Twitter, the story illustrates the problem of increasing consumption, unfettered growth and how all seven billion of us are connected by a simple mathematical reality. It's an interactive parable about our insatiable appetites, the fallacy of growth, and the things we can and cannot change.

Creator: The National Film Board of Canada

Welcome to Pine Point - An interactive documentary about what happens when you lose your job, when everyone you know loses their job. When your entire town is out of work, is shut down and dismantled, and completely disappears. Welcome to Pine Point uncovers a place frozen in time and explores how our communities do more than define who we are.

Creators: The Goggles (Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge) and the National Film Board of Canada

World premiere

Prosecutor - Reflecting Images: Masters

A fascinating story with extraordinary access, Prosecutor follows the Chief Prosecutor through the first trials of the recently formed International Criminal Court. Luis Moreno-Ocampo investigates and prosecutes some of the world's worst criminals for some of the world's worst crimes. He's a hero to genocide survivors, but has bitter enemies on both the Right and the Left. Prosecutor offers front-row seats to the historic events that will determine whether the ICC is a groundbreaking new weapon for global justice or just an idealistic dream. A National Film Board of Canada co-production with White Pine Pictures, Prosecutor was directed by Barry Stevens, produced by Julia Bennett and Peter Raymont (White Pine) and Lea Marin (NFB), and executive-produced by Peter Raymont (White Pine) and Silva Basmajian (NFB).

Amsterdam premiere

The "Socalled" Movie - Reflecting Images: Best of Fests

Meet Socalled, a.k.a. Josh Dolgin. He's a multidisciplinary musician and artist whose unique blend of klezmer, hip hop and funk is blasting through the boundaries that separate music of different cultures, eras and generations. Socalled is unstoppable: a pianist, singer, arranger, rapper, producer and composer - as well as magician, filmmaker and visual artist. Produced by reFrame Films in co-production with the National Film Board, The"Socalled" Movie was directed by Garry Beitel and produced by Barry Lazar (reFrame) and Ravida Din (NFB).

Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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