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A Short History of the Highrise wins Emmy award

October 7, 2014
by Canadian Architect

A Short History of the Highrise, an interactive documentary co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and The New York Times for the latter’s Op-Docs section, has won the News & Documentary Emmy in the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture category. Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

This Emmy win is just the latest honour for A Short History of the Highrise, which has also won a Peabody Award – the fifth for the NFB – and first prize at the 2014 World Press Awards in the Multimedia Category, as well as the Sheffield Innovation Award from the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest, which honours original, cutting-edge documentary projects.

Created by Katerina Cizek and produced for the NFB by Gerry Flahive, A Short History of the Highrise is the latest installment in the NFB’s multi-year, multimedia documentary project HIGHRISE. The executive producers are Silva Basmajian (NFB) and Jason Spingarn-Koff (The New York Times).

Previous productions in the multi-year HIGHRISE project include the interactive documentaries Out My Window (2010) and One Millionth Tower (2011). HIGHRISE has to date garnered some of the interactive world’s top awards, including the inaugural IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, an International Digital Emmy Award, and the first-ever award for Best Original Program for Digital Media, Non-Fiction, at the Canadian Screen Awards.

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