The NFB’s Highrise project unveils its new interactive web documentary, Out My Window


Note: This post was written by guest blogger and director Kat Cizek. It will also appear at the IDFA DocLab blog.


Today we launch our major NFB HIGHRISE project, OUT MY WINDOW: Interactive Views from the Global Highrise.

Here it is. One of the world’s first 360 degree documentaries, delivered entirely on the web. It’s about the state of our urban planet, told through people looking out onto our world from highrise windows. Using some pretty cool web technology.

It features 90 minutes of documentary material from 13 cities around the world, shot in 13 languages. As the director, it’s been a blast working on this huge global collaborative effort over the last year. Over 100 people: photographers, journalists, architects, residents, activists, computer developers, researchers around the world came together to bring you these incredible stories of inspiration, community and resilience.

Props to Caspar Sonnen, the curator and guru at IDFA DocLab, who connected us with the Yellowbird 360 degree video technology and has given us great support throughout the making of the project.

AND …very excited to be making a joint announcement with Caspar and IDFA DocLab  today, that OUT MY WINDOW will have its WORLD PREMIERE of a live cinema screening (what is that? It’s a live performance of the website in a cinema, VJ’ed by me) and  an innovative physical art INSTALLATION at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam), opening on November 18th, 2010 in downtown Amsterdam. More on that soon.

Please share Out My Window with your friends/colleagues on facebook, twitter etc. Tell us what you think and please stay tuned for our launch of the Out My Window companion participation site featuring user-generated photos from around the world, due out very, very soon!