I'm Just Here for the Riot
The violent mob that erupted on June 15, 2011, after the Vancouver Canucks Game 7 Stanley Cup loss caught the world’s attention—partially because it appeared un-Canadian, mostly because it became known as the “first smartphone riot.” Images of looting, vandalism and fighting spread through social networks as quickly as the fires burning around the arena. In the following days, more than a million photos and a thousand hours of video were sent to the police as evidence, leading to hundreds of charges. Following up with a number of individuals whose brief actions were immortalized online and the repercussions they suffered, both legal and social, highlights the perils of a toxic social-media mob mentality that has only grown and that persists to this day.
Directed by Kathleen Jayme and Asia Youngman, I’m Just Here for the Riot examines the riot through on-the-ground footage, interviews with many people who were there, including rioters who were outed on social media and the, “lasting, multi-platform impact the riot had across the city.
Directors: Kathleen Jaume and Asia Youngman
Runtime: 78 minutes
Film Location: Canada