Indie distributors Participant Media and Magnolia Pictures have acquired the North American rights to Dawn Porter‘s feature-length doc John Lewis: Good Trouble.
The film explores the life and career of Lewis (pictured), chronicling his 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. It features interviews and rare archival footage to explore Lewis’s childhood, his family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957, along with interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
Principle photography began with Lewis in September last year as he campaigned in advance of the midterm elections, and continued through 2019.
John Lewis: Good Trouble is produced by Porter and Laura Michalchyshyn for Trilogy Films, and Erika Alexander and Ben Arnon producing for Color Farm Media. Executive producers are Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton for CNN Films, Stuart Ford for AGC Studios, Rachel Traub, Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann for Participant, and Ian Orefice and Mike Beck for TIME Studios.
CNN Films will retain North American broadcast rights for the film. AGC Studios, which co-financed the film, controls international rights that will be sold via its worldwide sales subsidiary, AGC International.
“John Lewis’s unwavering commitment to public service is legendary,” said Porter in a statement. “He is the voice of reason in a turbulent time, and we need his leadership today as much as we ever have. It is thrilling to have so many skilled and prestigious partners to launch this film into the world. I am incredibly grateful to them all.”
“After partnering on RBG, it’s exciting to be reunited with the dream team of Magnolia and CNN Films on Dawn’s incredibly powerful and inspiring film,” added Weyermann, chief content officer for Participant. “I can’t think of a better moment to share the story of John Lewis and all the work he has done in his fight for equality to ensure that the voices of the people are heard.”
Magnolia is planning a Spring 2020 theatrical release for the film.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and Magnolia SVP of acquisitions John Von Thaden with Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz on behalf of the filmmakers, and by Stacey Wolf, SVP of business affairs, and Kelly MacLanahan, assistant general counsel, for CNN Worldwide on behalf of CNN Films. For Participant, the deal was negotiated by SVP of business and legal affairs, Danice Woodley.