Directed by filmmaker Dana Romanoff and edited by Blue Chalk Media, "Noah" tells the story of Noah Patton, a young man from Flint, MI who was going down a one-way street backward. Backward past abandoned homes and empty schools and the sounds of bullets echoing louder than children’s laughter. With a gun on his hip and always in search of the next lick, he had many enemies and was living on borrowed time.
Flint, Michigan is a city built on the American Dream. With the disappearance of industry, it became impoverished and neglected, and so did its residents. The water crisis is just one more tragedy piled upon a mound of oppression.
But Flint is a city of survivors. And like the phoenix, Noah and his city are rising from the ashes. Noah returned to his deep-rooted faith in God, and with the help of a pastor and the Urban Renaissance Center he is turning his life around and helping to positively shape the future of his community.
This isn’t a new story, but with talk of ravaged inner cities requiring a single-minded law and order response, it is an important one.
To learn more about how you can help change lives like Noah's and learn about the work of the Urban Renaissance Center go to URCFLINT.org
2017 Telly Awards, Bronze Award, Online Video, Documentary
2017 Communicator Awards, Award of Distinction, Online Video/Documentary
2017 W3 Award
2017 Special Jury Award Crested Butte Film Festival, "Spirit of Activism in Cinema"
Published in: UpWorthy, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Geographic Digital Showcase, RYOT
Dana Romanoff, Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Rob Finch / Blue Chalk Media, Editor
Amy Marquis, Field-Producer
Chip Sloan, Digital One, Sound Design
Caroline Cairlin, Production Assistant
Madeline Lear, Assistant Editor
Jesse Crowell, Graphics
Patrick Dowdle, Grip
Steve VanMaele, Grip
Anastasius Brown, Archival Footage