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Limited virtual preview tickets now available for our feature documentary, After Fact (2020)
A limited number of educator’s preview tickets are now available for director Lindsay Fitzgerald’s feature film, After Fact.
The virtual screening room will open on Tuesday, June 16th, along with the launch of a unique series of learning units for secondary and post-secondary media and communications students, entitled Journalists at Work. The package includes extracts from the film and introduces findings of the Canadian Worlds of Journalism Study.
While Lindsay and Executive Producer Ivor Shapiro look forward to a theatrical premiere and cross-country tour when public health considerations permit, but this two-week limited release for educators allows them to use the film in plans for fall classes.
For more details on the educational package, which includes extracts and cut scenes from After Fact as well as customizable slide shows, interactive learning activities and previously unpublished quotes from CWJS interviewees, please visit our Knowledge Mobilization page.
For tickets and information on educational licensing or screenings, or to support the film’s distribution campaign, please visit AfterFact.ca
What does journalism look like when lies trump truth, clicks control the news, and layoffs abound? After Fact (2020) is an unvarnished, observational portrait of real-life news work in Canada. A broadcast investigative journalist juggles covering an unsolved celebrity-murder story against a policy chasm that costs schoolchildren’s lives. A small-city reporter watches colleagues’ desks empty as she fights to believe her job still matters. A tough young City Hall reporter puts a human face to decayed housing. Canada’s first crowdfunded independent journalist covers city council with no other reporters in sight. Filmed over the course of three years during a cataclysmic shift in the business of news, After Fact (2020) documents what we all stand to lose in the face of journalism’s decline.
Director Lindsay Fitzgerald was lead interviewer and project manager for the three years of Canadian Worlds of Journalism Study interviews with 352 journalists. During that time, she was studying journalism at Ryerson and went on to complete an MFA in documentary media; she also interned at CBC’s fifth estate and worked as a reporter at the Hamilton Spectator. As a student, researcher and practitioner of journalism, Lindsay became increasingly aware of “an immense sense of uncertainty – not only about job security but about the prospects for our democracy given the decline of news businesses,” she says. The Shattered Mirror report on the state of Canadian news was released in 2017 just as Lindsay’s small crew began filming within and beyond newsrooms, inspiring the film’s initial working title, “Shattered.” Crowd-funding supplemented academic and outside support and encouraged Lindsay’s hope that an immersive cinema-verité movie could “personalize the crisis in news by showing the real-life struggles and successes of Canadian journalists.” The result is After Fact (2020).