Documentary at Flint film festival to highlight water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Documentary at Flint film festival to highlight water crisis

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The inaugural Flint Youth Film Festival kicks off Thursday with a red carpet stroll.

Alex Douglas, one of the organizers of the festival, hopes it will grow into an annual event.

She is also the student filmmaker behind "That I Stand Behind." A documentary about the water crisis. The film will be showed during the festival.

"We have entrants from 14 to 25 and beyond because we made sure we opened it to the middle school students, high school students and anyone who is attending college," Douglas said.

Douglas is a recent graduate of the Mott Community College Media Arts and Entertainment Technology Program. Besides putting together her film, she also entered a documentary on herself and how she's had to deal with dyslexia.

"'Alex the Dyslexic' focuses on what it's like to go through, have to go through dyslexia in a higher learning environment," Douglas said.

Many of the filmmakers hope this festival will help launch their careers to Hollywood.

"Oh yeah, this is very much a resume builder. A way to show people what you can do. It's kind of like doing a visual resume, a demo reel," Douglas said.

The festival is free at the Flint Institute of Arts. It features 16 young directors behind the camera of 20 films.

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