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.
The DOC NOW Festival celebrates the work of established and
emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University's
Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media. Established in 2007,
Ryerson's Documentary Media program is the only MFA degree program
in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow's documentary filmmakers
and visual artists. The program contributes to Canada's world-renowned
reputation for excellence in documentary by nurturing new talent and
fostering innovative critical approaches.