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John Lewis: Good Trouble

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Tuesday, September 22 at 7pm

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 verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

John Lewis with fellow protestors at Edmund Pettus Bridge

Experience the Virtual Screening

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE is being virtually hosted by Magnolia Pictures. Follow our Ticket Link to the official screening webpage and Pre-Order your tickets! 

On Tuesday, September 22, following the film a Zoom discussion will be held featuring a panel of HWS professors and former HWS president, Mark Gearan. The Zoom link is here.

About Mark Gearan

Mark Gerean smiles for the camera

A leading voice at the intersection of education and public service, Mark has held numerous leadership roles in American politics, government, and education. From 1999-2017, Mark served as the President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS), becoming the longest-serving president in HWS history.

Mark has served in a variety of roles in American politics and government including White House Communications Director, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Vice Presidential Campaign Manager for Clinton/Gore ’92, Executive Director of the Democratic Governor’s Association, Headquarters Press Secretary for Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis’s 1988 presidential campaign, Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Berkley Bedell of Iowa, and a reporter for the Fitchburg, Massachusetts Sentinel and Enterprise.

This film is sponsored in part by the following organizations from Hobart and William Smith Colleges:

  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Media and Society Program
  • HWS Votes
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning
Runtime:1h 36m
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