A story about greed and corruption, which features a hell-raising scientist and an activist mother, is close to completion, bringing viewers an intimate portrait of the Flint lead contaminated-water crisis and its impact on this Michigan community.
Lead and Copper is the directorial debut from Yahoo News journalist William Hart, who covered the story for the online news site before returning as director to tell a more complete tale.
Flint’s water crisis has been a hot subject during this year’s presidential elections race, with then-Republican nominee Donald Trump mocking the country’s inability to provide basic services to its citizens.
In association with Highway 61 Films, producers on the project are Alex Olsen, Patrick Letterii, Glen Zipper of Zipper Bros Films and Steven Leckart, who has written the film. It is executive produced by Oscar-winning producer Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby, Crash) and his production partner Michael Nozik (Quiz Show, The Motorcycle Diaries).
Lead and Copper features interviews with people directly affected by the water crisis in Flint, such as LeeAnne Walters, the woman who first brought the issue into the public eye, and Dr. Marc Edwards, a scientist who has repeatedly raised concerns about how the water was treated when authorities switched Flint’s water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Improper water treatment resulted in the exposure of lead contamination in thousands of children.
As a journalist dipping into the story when on assignment with Yahoo News, Hart felt that a larger story lay unexposed. “Once I learned of the depth of the problem and the extent of the cover-up, I was compelled to take a closer look and tell this story in the way it deserved to be told,” he stated in a press release.
The producers plan to take the film on the festival circuit in the new year.