Work with Katerina Cizek and Gerry Flahive, the Emmy award-winning team behind HIGHRISE, a multi-year, many-media collaborative documentary experiment at the National Film Board of Canada.

MIT Bld E15, Room 335
Limited to 20
Apply here
Participants will be notified by October 19th

This 3-hour workshop –intended for anyone with an interest in collaborative storytelling and innovative research methods — will cover participatory methods, social and digital tools, and best practices in cross-disciplinary approaches of digital documentary.

Participants will also have the opportunity to bring their ideas and workshop with others.

This workshop covers the basics of building media projects with partners that aim to change worldviews, lives, policies, conditions – and tell good stories too. In this highly interactive workshop, you’ll learn about proven methods, projects and experiences, and we’ll brainstorm your own ideas and projects to develop concrete strategic plans. Bring your bright mind and ideas for projects.

You’ll focus on:

      Developing deep partnerships/collaborations


      Turning ideas into awesome projects


      Identifying political and social goals


      Understanding audiences and communities


      Telling hyper-local documentary stories with universal appeal


      Creative financing and outreach



The first 90 min: THE HIGHRISE team will discuss their methods and present their tool kit. They will share their research findings and tool-kits around ethics and methodologies from over 7 years of practice, including Filmmaker-in-Residence, a collaborative documentary experiment at an inner-city hospital.

The next 45 min: Break up into small groups and discuss your ideas for collaborative projects.

The last 45 min: Present some of the ideas and receive feedback from group, Cizek and Flahive.

Presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab in the MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program.