Vancouver’s 2011 Stanley Cup riot featured in new ESPN doc

Acclaimed Vancouver filmmakers Asia Youngman and Kathleen Jaime collaborate on an ESPN documentary about one of the darkest moments in the city’s recent history.

with title i am here for the riot, a new entry in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, chronicles the aftermath of the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals, depicting “the shocking force of fandom, violence and rage.” I am particularly interested in questions about Crowd,” and ESPN.

“Taking a topic like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the riots that followed, and using that event to tell a larger story about society, is what makes 30v30 so special.” Vice President and Executive Producer Marsha Cook said. In a statement announcing the film on Friday of the 30 for 30 series.

Jayme’s previous work was primarily focused on another local sports story: the short-lived, highly maligned, and still strangely beloved Vancouver Grizzlies NBA franchise.

The latest of her four films with the team, Grizzly Truthpremiered at last year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

Youngman’s previous work did not treat sports as a central focus.her 2019 movie This Inc. Lands Deep won Best Documentary Short at that year’s Calgary International Film Festival for its portrayal of an indigenous artist who reclaims culture and identity through traditional and contemporary tattoo practices.

her latest short film, n’xaxaitkwwhich premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

ESPN said two filmmakers from Vancouver brought a clear perspective on the topic of the 2011 Stanley Cup riots.

“They wanted to explain not just what happened, but why,” Cook said. “Why do we get caught up in the emotion of winning or losing? Why do normal people sometimes run wild and regret it? Do you feel the need to capture? No matter how devastating it is? It’s a story about regret and shame, but deep down, it’s also about how you can rebuild, forgive, It’s also about trying to find something meaningful in the aftermath.

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