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Kat Cizek

Fillmaker/Artist, Individual


Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning director and pioneer in digital media: documentary, interactive and journalism. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. At the National Film Board of Canada, she helped redefine the organization as one of the world’s leading digital content hubs. She is the director and creative force behind the NFB’s award-winning digital documentary project HIGHRISE, and she realized the acclaimed NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence program). Cizek has built collaborations with a diverse range of community, academic and media partners to co-create media for social justice, including The New York Times, Mozilla Foundation, United Way and a leading private Architecture firm. Her work has been recognized with 2 Emmys, a Peabody Award, World Press Photo Prize, Canadian Screen Awards, Webby, amongst others. The two projects are also interventionist, and participatory: they have significantly contributed to conversations about health-care policy, urban planning as well as the health outcomes and living conditions of the participants themselves.

Cizek’s earlier human rights documentary film projects have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at an International Criminal Tribunal. Her films include the Hampton-Prize winner Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (co-directed with Peter Wintonick). Her work has been seen by millions around the globe, through TV broadcasts and publishing on the web.

She is currently a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, where she is developing a co-creation initiative. She has travelled the world with her projects, teaching and lecturing about her innovative approaches to the documentary genre and digital media.