Turner-owned CNN Films has partnered with Trilogy Films, Color Farm Media and AGC Studios to develop a feature-length verité documentary about Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.
The as-yet untitled film will be directed by Dawn Porter and explore the life and career of Lewis (pictured).
Principle photography began with Lewis in September last year as he campaigned in advance of the midterm elections, and will continue through 2019. The film will include interviews and archival footage of Lewis and his work fighting for civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform and immigration.
Interviews with the now 79-year-old Congressman will include discussion of his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1957.
Porter and Laura Michalchyshyn are producing for Trilogy Films, with Erika Alexander and Ben Arnon producing for Color Farm Media. Executive producers are Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton for CNN Films, and Stuart Ford and Rachel Traub for AGC Studios.
“John Lewis is a national treasure whose leadership paved the way for a generation,” said Porter in a statement. “In much the same way as his life and work has been shaped by great civil rights leaders, Congressman Lewis continues to serve the country, introducing legislation to protect our most fundamental rights. There has never been a more urgent need for the type of moral and compassionate leadership that he embodies. I am so honored to be directing this documentary for CNN Films, in partnership with AGC Studios, and am excited to show the world how John Lewis continues to make what he calls ‘Good Trouble.’”
“CNN Films is honored to be a part of telling Rep. John Lewis’ historic life through Dawn’s film,” added Entelis, EVP for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Sexton, VP for CNN Films. “We hope generations to come will learn from Mr. Lewis’ remarkable American story.”
CNN Films will retain North American broadcast rights for the film. Other U.S. rights, including theatrical distribution, are available.
AGC Studios is co-financing the film and controls international rights that will be sold via its worldwide sales subsidiary, AGC International.
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