From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media
We are honored to show Dawn Porter’s incredible new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble opening weekend at NWFC & PAM’s Cinema Unbound Drive-In on August 6th & 7th. Growing up in Atlanta, I knew the inspiring John Lewis as a civil rights leader, a member of the Atlanta City Council, and when I made the leap to middle school, he became our congressman. And now that I have children—one heading into middle school this fall—his amazing graphic novel trilogy ‘March’ is leading a new generation of young people.
When ‘March’ came out in 2014, Congressman Lewis was in his 70s. And yet at Comic-Con in 2015, amongst Wonder Women and Dr. Whos, he fit right in. He signed his books, took selfies, and even cosplayed his younger self by donning the type of clothes and backpack (filled with fruit, a toothbrush, and essential books) he had worn on Bloody Sunday in Selma. That day, he held an impromptu procession through the venue, holding a child’s hand in each of his as he walked and reminded the kids and the crowd how the civil rights movement ‘is often led by children and young people.’ John Lewis’s life, work, and his lifelong love of comic storytelling continue to spread messages of equality, justice, and fairness and inspire all of us. ‘You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant.’
—Amy Dotson, Director, Northwest Film Center and Curator of Film and New Media
Tickets on sale at nwfilm.org