docnow 2017 / What Appears to be the Problem?

Artist Statement

A group of beat officers spent decades recording graphic scenes of Vancouver’s downtown eastside, in a desperate attempt to educate youth about the harsh reality of addiction, and have since toured hundreds of schools across North America with their hard-hitting films and anti-drug messaging. Years later, in the midst of one of the worst overdose spikes in Canadian history, What Appears to be the Problem? examines the controversies buried in the aftermath of their success. What does it mean to have a video camera in police hands? How much say did the film subjects really have? What, if anything, has changed?

About The Artist

Lindsay Fitzgerald is a Toronto-based filmmaker and journalist who is dedicated to finding untold stories and bringing them to the forefront of public dialogue. Her short documentary examining the devastating rates of unemployment for blind Canadians won the TVO Short Doc competition in 2016. Lindsay has previously worked for the Hamilton Spectator, CBC’s The Fifth Estate, and has been published in numerous local publications. What Appears to be the Problem? will be Lindsay’s third documentary film.

Lindsay Fitzgerald

Project Type

June 14, 2017

Doors at 5:30 pm
5:45pm–6:15 pm

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3
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9–12 pm
Paupers Pub
539 Bloor Street W
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6
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