Flint Water Crisis Doc to Make Festival Debut in 2017

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Paul Haggis is among the producers of the William Hart film 'Lead and Copper.'

A new documentary about the ongoing water-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, is set to hit the festival circuit next year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Entitled Lead and Copper, the film is directed by William Hart and is produced by Alex Olsen, Patrick Letterii and Glen Zipper. Highway 61's Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik, along with notable publicist Howard Bragman, a Flint native, are executive producing. It is written by All Things Must Pass scribe Steven Leckart.

The 100,000 residents of Flint have been without safe drinking water since 2014, when local officials started diverting water from the Flint River to cut costs. Since the water was not treated with corrosive inhibitors, Michigan residents were exposed to lead contamination.

Hart, a journalist, was sent to Flint earlier this year to cover the crisis for Yahoo News. "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 said in a statement. The doc has since been collecting footage and secured interviews with key players like LeeAnne Walters, the mother who exposed the crisis, and Dr. Marc Edwards, who took up the cause more than a year ago.

Lead and Copper is one of a few upcoming films about the water crisis. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron optioned the rights to Time's cover story on the matter for a TV movie at Lifetime, and Scottish director Anthony Baxter, who helmed the 2012 Donald Trump exposé You've Been Trumped, has also started production on an untitled documentary about the Flint water crisis.