Central Michigan University Professor Turned Director for Flint Documentary
A Central Michigan University professor is taking on an extra task for a message he’s passionate about.
The director created a documentary about the Flint water crisis and it’ll be showing soon at multiple locations.
The Flint water crisis hits home for many people in Michigan.
This Central Michigan University professor made it his duty to make sure the struggles there don’t go unnoticed now that it’s fallen out of the spotlight.
“You will learn something from this documentary but you will also walk away feeling something and wanting to do something about it,” Cedric Taylor, Assistant Professor of Sociology.
Cedric Taylor spends his days as an assistant professor, after work he focuses on his documentary, “Nor Any Drop To Drink.”
“I’m a sociologist and that’s what we sociologists are. We are social scientists. It is our job to investigate social problems,” says Taylor.
Cedric saw the social problem with the Flint water crisis and took action making several trips to the city to document the stories of those experiencing it firsthand.
“One of the things we wanted to do was talk and deal with some of the context surrounding why this water crisis emerged in the first place,” says Taylor.
“This documentary doesn’t just look at what has been inflicted on people in Flint but also their resilience and how they fought back,” says Taylor.
A professor turned director, giving outsiders an inside look at the water crisis in Flint and the continuing reality.
“A lot of documentaries have come and gone they’ve shot and left Flint but this documentary stayed longer because you’re watching a more depth perspective,” Taylor says.
Cedric brought broadcast and cinematic arts Professor, Eric Limarenko, on board to make his idea a reality with a shared passion for a powerful message.
“Just the simple fact of having clean accessible water should be a right to everyone and now there’s a whole community right in our backyard that doesn’t have that,” Limarenko said.
The professor’s documentary will have multiple public showings this spring.