This week I was in SRQ shooting for a small agency. It was nice to catch up with old friends and visit some of the old stomping grounds of the RCAD days... The weather down here is perfect. It took a minute to adjust to the 89-90 degree weather with 80% humidity. Nights were cooler. I was able to listen to some live guitar and hang with my good buddy Peter Graham. We had some drinks and stumbled around Siesta Key together.
Shooting docs in tight spaces ain't easy... Shooting on location today for Never Say Die documentary.
Finding the positive amongst the negative...
Its been a crazy last couple of months for Flint, MI (more accurately, couple of years...). With the lead water crisis still full speed ahead... It seems that the voice of the people most effected can get lost in the political football that this tragedy has become. Ive been commissioned to do some work promoting the #FLINTFWD initiative. With the help and support of the Hagerman Foundation, Skypoint Ventures, Phire Group, and, the Flint community, Digital Alchemy Films was able to produce a series of smaller spots promoting our citizens. This has been tough on all of us here in Flint but, we fight back! Those that have been here for the long haul endure and are stronger for the journey. People say Detroit hustles harder... Flint is harder. We will get through this. Were not leaving. We will resurrect from the ashes even tougher than before. Though this tragedy is terrible, it has brought us together like never before.
The script for this spot was crafted from words sent in from the people of Flint. Its pretty awesome and I must say I am proud of it. Was nice to direct and shoot this.
Please take the time to check out flintfwd.com
Photo Cred: Mike Naddeo
I have been directing and producing series of ads focusing on the grass roots collaborative of Flint residents for the #FLINTFWD initiative. It has been really exciting and refreshing to get to know my city again. The people of Flint are resilient and are not going to let this water crisis beat them down. Last week we were imbedded with the Red Cross on several water distribution efforts, Catholic Charities, and several small church groups. The people of Flint have really united under this man made tragedy.
It's been a long shoot but we've done some pretty creative stuff. Here are some stills from this weeks set.