"Lead and Copper" is executive produced by Oscar winner Paul Haggis ("Crash") and directed by William Hart, a journalist and first-time director who covered the water crisis for Yahoo News. "Once I learned of the depth of the problem and the extent of the coverup, I was compelled to take a closer look and tell this story in the way it deserved to be told," Hart said in a statement to Deadline yesterday (December 8). Haggis’ production partner Michael Nozik ("Syriana") and publicist Howard Bragman will co-executive produce.
"To me, this is not something that is just a tragic news story—it’s real and it’s affecting my family, my friends, people I love," Bragman, a Flint native, told Deadline. "This is not an isolated story for fiscally challenged Rust Belt cities; it’s the ‘canary in the coalmine’ for other cities."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the documentary will hit the film festival circuit next year.