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Katerina Cizek, Toronto (CAN)

School: ZeLIG - School for Documentary, Television and New Media
Field of Teaching: Project Development
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Major Achievements: Indipendent filmmaker, Toronto (CAN)

Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-award winning, internationally recognized director and writer in the digital space. Her media work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. She has built collaborations with a diverse range of community, academic and media partners to co-create media. She works across many media platforms: digital media, broadcasting (radio and television), print and live presentations/installations. She is the director of an award-winning digital documentary media project at the National Film Board of Canada, called HIGHRISE. She realized the acclaimed NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence program, winner of a Webby Award, among others. Her media projects have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at an International Criminal Tribunal. Cizek's 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 world, through TV broadcasts and publishing on the web. She has travelled the world with her projects, teaching and mentoring with her innovative approaches to the documentary genre, community-based collaborative practices and digital media. She is currently a Visiting Artist at MIT, completing her Final iteration of the NFB HIGHRISE documentary.




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