'The New York Times’s Op-Docs and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will debut their new new immersive documentary series as part of the Film Society at Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival Convergence program – a showcase for storytelling that transcends a single narrative medium – on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. ET. Following this, the series will premiere on NYTimes.com in October.
“We are greatly honored to premiere at the New York Film Festival’s showcase for cinematic innovation,” said Jason Spingarn-Koff, New York Times commissioning editor for Opinion video. “In Op-Docs, we celebrate unique voices and creative storytelling approaches, and now we’re bringing opinion journalism to the interactive documentary form.”
The series, “A Short History of the Highrise”, tours the 2,500-year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanised world and follows on from Writer and Director, Katrina Cizek’s previous project ‘Highrise’. Each film is intended to evoke a chapter in a storybook, with rhyming narration, photographs brought to life with intricate animation, game play and responsive videos that create immersive, exploratory experiences. The series, which unfolds in four short, interactive films, is optimized for tablet devices, which allows viewers tp navigate the story extras and special features within the films using touch commands like swipe, pinch, pull and tap.'
A video trailer is available at: NYTimes.com/Highrise.