Film Explores the Life of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

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John Lewis with fellow protesters at Edmund Pettus Bridge, in “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” a Magnolia Pictures release. © Alabama Department of Archives and History. Donated by Alabama Media Group. Photo by Tom Lankford, Birmingham News.

On July 8, Hamptons Doc Fest founder/executive director Jacqui Lofaro added access to the first-run documentary film “John Lewis: Good Trouble” on the hamptonsdocfest.com website.

Directed by Dawn Porter, “John Lewis: Good Trouble” (2020, 96 min.), explores the life of Civil Rights icon John Lewis, his “thousands of protests, 45 arrests, and 33 years in Congress” in Georgia.

The title derives from a line in a speech Lewis once gave where he said you have to get into “good trouble. . . to do what’s right.” The film draws on archival footage as well as interviews with current colleagues. Lewis, now 80, is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

John Lewis in “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” a Magnolia Pictures release. © Ben Arnon. Courtesy Magnolia Pictures.

Other films still available through the website, most with Q&As from the directors’ appearances at the Hamptons Doc Fest film festival in previous years, are “Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life,” “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” “Spielberg,” “Life, Animated,” “Very Semi-Serious,” “Free Solo,” “To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor,” “Marvin Booker Was Murdered,” the new first-run documentary “Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint,” “Dads” for Father’s Day, “Pick of the Litter,” and “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”

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