DAILY NEWS Mar 11, 2013 6:59 AM - 0 comments

NY Times, NFB Collaborate on Multi-Platform Interactive Series

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The New York Times is developing a multiplatform interactive documentary series with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), based on the NFB's ongoing and award-winning 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 'Op-Doc' films are directed by Katerina Cizek and produced by the NFB in collaboration with The New York Times Opinion Pages. The interactive elements are produced by The Times graphics team, under the direction of Cizek and The Times’s Jacqueline Myint.

The first three parts in the series will draw on The Times's extensive photography archive, but 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 at: http://submit.nytimes.com/high-rise.

The New York Times has opened up its collection of undigitized photographs to the International Digital Emmy Award-winning team behind the NFB's Highrise project. Many of the images, portraying the rise of the city in the 20th century, have not been seen for decades.

The new interactive digital media project will explore 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.

Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

The New York Times Company includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and related properties.

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