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Rep. Dan Kildee interviewed by Alec Baldwin for Flint documentary

Congressman met with actor for an upcoming documentary on the city’s water crisis

Rep. Dan Kildee, right, poses with actor Alec Baldwin on Wednesday in Flint, Michigan. Baldwin interviewed the Michigan Democrat for an upcoming documentary on the Flint water crisis. (Courtesy Rep. Dan Kildee)

Rep. Dan Kildee met with actor and “Saturday Night Live” Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin on Wednesday for an interview in Michigan that will be featured in an upcoming documentary film about the Flint water crisis.

The untitled documentary, which has been in the works since 2015, is being directed by British filmmaker Anthony Baxter, The Detroit News reported. Baxter wanted to tell the story of Flint from the perspective of its residents, instead of politicians and celebrities, Variety reported in 2017. The film does not yet have a release window.

Baldwin spoke with the Michigan Democrat about his work in helping pass the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, also known as the WIIN Act, which provided Flint $170 million in federal aid for replacing lead pipes and expanding health care for residents, Robyn Bryan, Kildee’s communications director said.

“Getting aid for my hometown of Flint, which continues to recover from the ongoing water crisis, has been my top priority in Congress,” Kildee said in a 2016 news release.

Kildee has represented Michigan’s 5th District since 2013.

President Obama in 2016 declared a state of emergency in Michigan at the request of former Gov. Rick Snyder. The city of Flint was supplied bottled water and water filters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the city changed its main water source from Detroit’s supply to the Flint River, which led to residents’ water containing dangerous levels of lead, CNN reported.

The state is still in the process of replacing Flint’s pipes and hopes to have the project completed by the end of this year, NPR’s Michigan Radio reported.

From the archives: House hearing on the Flint water crisis

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