Here’s to Flint

Here’s to Flint

American Civil Liberties Union | 2016 | 43 minutes + four 5-minute shorts
Director + D.P. + Editor

In early 2015, when local and national news outlets had turned a blind eye, I began working with the ACLU, investigative journalist Curt Guyette, and a coalition of grassroots organizations to draw attention to lead contamination in Flint’s water. In 2015, I worked with the ACLU to release four short films exposing the crisis (Hard to Swallow, Corrosive Impact, Thirst for Truth, and Circle of Lies. Here’s to Flint is the culmination of these shorts. The film is an up-to-the minute documentary that details the origins of the environmental disaster and has informed how global media outlets continue to cover the Flint Water Crisis.


Founders Award for use of Citizen Journalism, Traverse City Film Festival, 2017

Outstanding Excellence: Social Issues Short, Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2017

Best Documentary Feature, Big Mini Film Festival, 2016

Selected Screenings

University Of Michigan (Archives in Real Time Conference), October 2017

Traverse City Film Festival, August 2017

Virginia Historical Society Created Equal Film Series, July 2017

Tufts University, April 2017

Loyola University Climate Change Conference, March 2017

Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, November 2016

Big Mini Film Festival, November 2016

Seattle Social Justice Film Festival, October 2016

Wayne State University, September 2016

Television Showings

Democracy Now, March 2016

CNN (excerpts), November 2015


Selected Press

Columbia Journalism Review, November 2015

Grist, January 2016

Yale Environment 360, March 2016

Detroit News, March 2016

Selected Citations

How the Flint Water Crisis Reveals a Rupture in Democracy by Greenpeace

The Emergency Manager: Strategic Racism, Technocracy and the Poisoning of Flint’s Children by Jason Stanley (Yale University)

Comparing the Flint Water Crisis to the Cryptosporidium Outbreak by Jordan Salinsky (University of Wisconsin-Madison)