Flint is a Place is a cross-platform, episodic series about Flint, Michigan. It documents a specific moment within this resilient American city in an intimate, character-driven way.
Featuring: Zackary Canepari
Screen, Verse.Media, Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Visura, The New Yorker, Panos Pictures, ESPN Magazine, Slim Pictures
This project is about Flint, Michigan, both as it’s perceived and experienced. Flint no longer needs an introduction after this past year, and it probably hasn’t needed one for the past 30 years. The city has long been the poster child for the American Dream gone wrong. Between Michael Moore and the water crisis, everyone knows what to expect when they hear the name “Flint” — economic, political, and social dysfunction. In a perfect world, this project would convey some other reality. But these ideas about Flint are accurate. Flint is a place of struggle. It’s true and everybody knows it. But that’s not all it is…
Flint is a Place is a cross-platform, episodic documentary series that seeks to document a specific moment within this American city in an intimate, character-driven way. The narrative is framed by the story of two sisters. Claressa, an Olympic boxing champion, and Briana, a teenage mother. Their story is punctuated by the best and worst of Flint. The water crisis on one hand, and prom on the other. Flint is a Place is an opportunity for viewers to step into Flint — a place with a strong identity and deep scars.
Zack will be part of the panel talk presented by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project on Sunday, Sept 24 at 5pm: Aftermath: What the Legacy of Inequality Looks Like.
Zackary Canepari is an American documentary photographer and filmmaker. After studying photography in Paris and San Francisco, Zack began his career in India in 2007, working as a photojournalist for editorial clients and non-profits. In 2009, he became a member of Panos Pictures in London.
In 2010, Canepari teamed with filmmaker Drea Cooper and launched California is a Place, a series of short documentary films about California. The films screened at international festivals including Sundance and IDFA and led to commercial film opportunities for companies like Apple and Toyota. Canepari and Cooper made a short documentary film series together, titled Robotica, for The New York Times. Their first feature documentary, T-Rex, about female boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS before the 2016 Olympics.
Zack is currently based in northern California and continues to work on both photography and film-based documentary projects.