I APPEAR TO BE A PROBLEM follows legendary musician Nicholas Payton from his flagship concerts at The Kennedy Center through the American debut of his Black American Symphony in Colorado Springs. The film is a meditation on the nature of creativity, tradition, and lineage; the pernicious effects of institutional racism; and the unbridled power of Black American excellence, specifically through a reimagining of the constraining concept of ‘genre’. Intimate, cinematic, cerebral, and funny, I APPEAR TO BE A PROBLEM pushes the limits of what is possible in music, film and life.