One year ago, Canadian filmmaker Katerina Cizek launched a stunning Web documentary called Out My Window. It was an early installment of the HIGHRISE project—a mixed-media look at “the most commonly built form of the last century.” Now Cizek’s launched a more site-specific follow-up, called One Millionth Tower—and it, too, is excellent.
The tower in question is a concrete high-rise on Toronto’s Kipling Avenue. Cizek spent two years there, filming residents, collecting stories, and thinking of ways to translate their experience, and surroundings, to the Web. You can watch the results passively, in the form of a six-minute animation, or actively, by walking and clicking through the virtual neighborhood that Cizek and her team have assembled. Either way, you’ll get a glimpse of where the documentary form is headed, and a sense of things our most enterprising filmmakers might accomplish in years to come.
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