The theatrical release of Flint: Who Can You Trust?, a feature documentary narrated by Alec Baldwin exploring the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has been postponed.
Montrose Pictures and Cargo Film & Releasing made the decision following cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death on the set of Rust last week. Hutchins died after Baldwin reportedly fired a prop gun during rehearsals on the set of the film Rust in New Mexico. The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the incident.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff has confirmed that a live round from the prop gun killed Hutchins and injured Souza.
Flint was scheduled to open in theatres in cities including Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, with a digital release slated for November. A Kickstarter campaign that was launched with the goal to widen the release to dozens more cities has also been paused.
“Out of the deepest respect for all those affected by this terrible tragedy, we feel now is not the time to release Flint: Who Can You Trust?,” said director Anthony Baxter in a news release.
“The film sheds a crucial spotlight on the ongoing plight of Flint residents because of the water disaster. However, we will now be positioning the film for release in the U.S. at a future date.”
Baxter began filming in Flint, Michigan in 2015, before the city’s water crisis became front-page news. He continued for the next five years after news cameras covering the water crisis had long left. The film documents the fall out of trust in Flint following visits by President Barack Obama, presidential candidates and star actor Mark Ruffalo. Flint examines the chain of events, the systemic racism that influenced them and the aftermath as citizens pursue justice for those who have suffered and died as a result.
Flint, named ‘Best in Show’ for Realscreen‘s MIPCOM Picks in 2020, has already previewed at film festivals around the world and was broadcast by the BBC in the UK, but it has yet to be widely available in the U.S.