Katerina Cizek, “By Any Media Necessary” – Public Lecture and Post-Realism Seminar #11

CDAR and Film + Digital Media Visiting Artist Series presents Katerina Cizek

Public Talk Monday January 25, 2016 7 PM Communications 150 (Studio C)
co-sponsored by Porter College and the Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence


Two-time Emmy winning Documentary maker Katerina Cizek retraces her tracks in co-creative media-making through the digital age. With clips and behind-the-scenes stories, Cizek charts her personal, political and technological transformations from her early independent days as a child of the digital revolution, when she picked up “any media necessary” (still cameras, darkrooms, video and early desktop publishing) to harness the power of documentary to defend human rights both at home in Canada and abroad. Eventually landing at the National Film Board of Canada, in the last decade she has helped redefine the organisation as one of the world’s leading digital content hubs with her projects, the Webby-winning Filmmaker-in-Residence and the Emmy winning HIGHRISE. This fast-paced talk is loaded with visuals, demos and leaves lots of room for your questions.

Post-Realism Seminar #11 Tuesday January 26, 2016 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Communications 113 (Studio D)
contact ilusztig@ucsc.edu to register for this workshop event


An in-depth talk, examining the creative, technical and collaborative process in the making of the final digital documentary, Universe Within, of the Emmy-award winning 7-year project HIGHRISE, at the National Film Board of Canada. Director Katerina Cizek will share plans, working documents, visual tests, charts, mock-ups and prototypes, to show the multi-year process from inception to launch, involving a team of documentary makers, academics, Highrise residents and a world-class digital agency, Secret Location.

VA_kat_cizek_headshotKaterina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning, internationally recognized leader and pioneer in digital media: documentary, interactive and journalism. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. For 20 years, she has worked across many media platforms: digital media, broadcasting (radio and television), print and live presentations/installations. She has built collaborations with a diverse range of community, academic and media partners to co-create documentary media. At the National Film Board of Canada, she has helped redefine the organization as one of the world’s leading digital content hubs. She is the director and creative force behind the NFB’s award-winning evolving digital documentary media project HIGHRISE, and she realized the acclaimed NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence program, winner of a Webby Award, among others. Cizek’s earlier independent films include the Hampton-Prize winner Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (co-directed with Peter Wintonick) and The Dead are Alive: Eyewitness in Rwanda, the first global television documentary (1995) made about the genocide. Her work has been seen by millions around the globe, through TV broadcasts and publishing on the web. She has travelled the world with her projects, teaching and lecturing about her innovative approaches to the documentary genre and digital media. She is currently a Research Affiliate at MIT Open Documentary Lab. http://highrise.nfb.ca/

A Short History of the High Rise (NY Times Op Doc)


Project Trailers



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