“To be human in this century is to be urban” says Czech-Canadian filmmaker, Katerina Cizek. Her online feature, HIGHRISE: Out My Window, takes the viewer on a fantastical journey through the some of the world’s most notorious concrete housing estates.

This award-winning film is a beautiful, poignant mix of intimate stories: all told in the first person, and all revealing powerful emotions: varying degrees of love, hate, joy and despair. The main image shows a collage of stills taken inside an apartment in Taiwan (courtesy of Katerina Cizek).

HIGHRISE: Out My Window was an obvious choice for the innovation strand in this year’s Birds Eye View Film Festival, which I was lucky enough to programme.

To be true to the film’s online, interactive format, it seemed only right that we should run a Twitterview with Katerina during the festival.

Running a live Twitterview is exciting and surprisingly challenging: you get peaks and troughs of activity: a whole load of questions get asked at once, then there’ll be a lull. And it’s easy to forget to put both @ and then the hashtag on every question or comment, especially when things get heated.

Well done Katerina for keeping her cool!

You can see the discussion here on Twitter.

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