New York, NY (June 23, 2020) – Today, The Creative Coalition announces Magnolia Pictures and Participant’s critically acclaimed documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by Dawn Porter, as a 2020 Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative selection.
“The time is now to take pause and learn from an iconic change-maker, The Honorable Congressman John Lewis and his formidable work on behalf of our citizenry,” said The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk. “The Creative Coalition is very proud to name John Lewis: Good Trouble to the 2020 Spotlight Initiative slate. This extraordinary documentary powerfully and deftly provides a window into how a leader can make a significant impact.”
“I’m delighted to have John Lewis: Good Trouble named to the Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative,” said director Dawn Porter. “Congressman Lewis continues to stand up for what is right and just, fights for voter rights, and is working, marching, organizing, and leading during this time of reckoning. As he says, we all need to get into Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble.”
The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative is an integrated partnership that champions the art and craft of independent filmmaking by providing cause-related strategies and issue campaign resources that allow the film’s message to reach beyond the movie screen. By bringing in influencers from the business, entertainment, arts, and policy arenas to support Spotlight Initiative films, The Creative Coalition is able to promote socially relevant, independent filmmaking.
John Lewis: Good Trouble will be released in theaters and on demand July 3rd.
The film is produced by Laura Michalchyshyn, Dawn Porter, Erika Alexander, and Ben Arnon. Executive producers are CNN Films, AGC Studios, and TIME Studios. Magnolia Pictures, Participant, CNN Films, and AGC Studios present a Trilogy Films production in association with Color Farm Media, TIME Studios, Just Films, and Ford Foundation.
About John Lewis: Good Trouble
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (Trapped, Gideon’s Army), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family, and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma vérité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
About The Creative Coalition and the Spotlight Initiative:
The Creative Coalition (www.thecreativecoalition.org) is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president. The Spotlight Initiative was launched by The Creative Coalition to support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world.