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First Five Now: How John Lewis Makes ‘Good Trouble’
July 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDTFree
Director and producer Dawn Porter and producer Erika Alexander talk about their new documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” which chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and U.S. representative from Georgia.
Using interviews and rare archival footage, the film looks at Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration.
Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery and Netflix. She is also working on a documentary about photojournalist Pete Souza and an Apple TV series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry that focuses on mental illness and well-being.
Alexander is co-founder of Color Farm Media, one of the producers of the film, whose mission is to foster greater equity, inclusion and diversity in media. She is also an acclaimed actress who played memorable roles in the TV series “Living Single” and in the movie “Get Out.”
“First Five Now” is a Freedom Forum conversation that explores topical issues and features current newsmakers who are using the five freedoms of the First Amendment to guide their work.
Dawn Porter photo: Henny Garfunkel, courtesy Magnolia Pictures; “John Lewis: Good Trouble” poster: Magnolia Pictures