This is a story about Flint, Michigan, both as it’s perceived and as it’s experienced. The city has long been the the poster child for the American dream gone wrong. Between Michael Moore and the Water Crisis, everyone thinks they knows what to expect when they hear the name “Flint”. Economic, political and social dysfunction. Flint is a place of struggle, and everybody knows it. But that’s not all it is.
This film is composed of a few interwoven elements. The poems are written and performed by teenage women inside a local Juvenile Detention Center. The photographs were found on the floors of Flint’s many abandoned homes. There are also archival news clips and General Motors marketing videos and home videos collected from various Flint sources. The goal is to create a complex portrait of a city that is often only seen in one dimension.
There’s something surreal and almost unbelievable about a city of 100,000 people that is snarled in so much drama, and this film is an interpretation of what it feels like on the ground. The goal with this film is not to show people someplace that they don’t know. The goal is to put them in a place that they think they do know and just maybe they’ll see it differently.
Matthew Joynt and Nathan Sandberg/Plied Music
“Arms Turn Slowly” by Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek
Featuring original poetry:
Dear Avery by Briana
I'm From Flint by Tanadia
Get Back Girl by Tanadia
Flint Water Flow by Lighthouse
Featuring the voices of:
Troy Rosencrants - University of Michigan - Flint
Northwestern High School