The 51st New York Film Festival: Daily Still – A Short History of the Highrise

The 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF) has opened with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more! Join us here MoviefiedNYC, as we bring you our daily selection of the one film playing today that we think you shouldn’t miss. Happy NYFF!

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Keystone Presentation
60 minutes


A Short History of Highrise is an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500 year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. The centerpiece of the project is four short films. The first three (MudConcrete and Glass) draw on The New York Times’s extraordinary visual archives, a repository of millions of photographs which have largely been unseen in decades. Each film is intended to evoke a chapter in a storybook, with rhyming narration and photographs brought to life with intricate animation. The fourth chapter (Home) is comprised of images submitted by the public. The interactive experience incorporates the films and, like a visual accordion, allows users to dig deeper into the project’s themes with additional archival materials, text and micro-games. The festival premiere will include a screening of the films, followed by a walk-through demonstration of highlights from the interactive experience.

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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