Documentary on Congressman John Lewis in the Works at CNN Films

Congressman John Lewis (Credit: John Lewis for Congress)

A documentary on the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis is currently in production.

CNN Films announced Wednesday it has partnered with Trilogy Films, Color Farm Media and AGC Studios to tell the story of the longtime civil rights activist and Georgia Democrat.

Directed by Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army), the film will “illustrate how Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform, and immigration has prepared him for today,” CNN said in a press release.

Lewis has been a vocal opponent of President Trump’s immigration policies. Last year he issued a statement calling the administration’s enforcement and detention actions “an assault on immigrant families and communities.”

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Porter plans to recount Lewis’ life, including his childhood and a fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. As the then-chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington.

“John Lewis is a national treasure whose leadership paved the way for a generation,” Porter said 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.”

The untitled film will include interviews with Lewis, his congressional colleagues, and archival materials.

“CNN Films is honored to be a part of telling Rep. John Lewis’ historic life through Dawn’s film,” said Amy Entelis, executive vp talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Courtney Sexton, VP for CNN Films. “We hope generations to come will learn from Mr. Lewis’ remarkable American story.”

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Entelis and Sexton will also serve as executive producers on the film. Porter and Laura Michalchyshyn are producing for Trilogy Films with actress Erika Alexander and Ben Arnon of Color Farm Media. The executive producers also include Stuart Ford and Rachel Traub for AGC Studios.

Other recent projects from CNN Films include the Oscar-nominated RBG, about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as Three Identical Strangers and Apollo 11.

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