Alec Baldwin film shooting: Release of Flint documentary narrated by actor postponed
Written by Hitmix News on 26 October 2021
A documentary narrated by Alec Baldwin has had its North American release postponed after the actor fatally shot a cinematographer with a prop gun on a film set in New Mexico.
British production company Montrose Pictures said Flint: Who Can You Trust? will no longer arrive in the US and Canada later this month.
We’ve postponed the US theatrical & digital release of @FlintTheMovie following recent tragic events out of respect. Enabling the #Flint residents’ story to be heard remains hugely important to me and we will ensure the film’s release at a later date: https://t.co/rZ98Y1PiLr
— Anthony Baxter | Filmmaker (@antbaxter) October 26, 2021
The documentary, exploring a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and narrated by Baldwin, has already been broadcast by the BBC and remains available on iPlayer.
It was supposed to arrive in cinemas in cities including Los Angeles, New York and Toronto on 29 October but those plans have been shelved.
And a fundraising campaign launched before the shooting of Halyna Hutchins aiming to widen the release of Flint has also been paused.
It comes as Baldwin’s wife Hilaria has addressed the shooting publicly for the first time.
On Monday she wrote on Instagram: “My heart is with Halyna. Her husband. Her son. Their family and loved ones. And my Alec.
“It’s said, ‘There are no words’ because it’s impossible to express the shock and heartache of such a tragic accident. Heartbreak. Loss. Support.”
Flint’s Scottish director Anthony Baxter said: “Out of the deepest respect for all those affected by this terrible tragedy, we feel now is not the time to release Flint: Who Can You Trust?
Image: Halyna Hutchins, and Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust
“The film sheds a crucial spotlight on the ongoing plight of Flint residents because of the water disaster. However, we will now be positioning the film for release in the US at a future date.”
Baldwin, 63, said he was heartbroken by the death of cinematographer Hutchins, 42, who was shot on the set of Western film Rust on Thursday.
Production on the movie has been paused while police investigate the incident.
According to court documents, an assistant director unwittingly handed Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the shooting.
Rust director Joel Souza was also injured in the incident, and is recovering after leaving hospital.