July 19, 2024

JOHN LEWIS: Good Trouble, 3rd week! Presented by Nyack Center Teen Council, sponsored by OCADA

Showing: Streaming from August 7 through August 27
Title: John Lewis: Good Trouble
Year: 2020
Country: USA
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Held over for a 3rd week! JOHN LEWIS (1940 – 2020) gave 60-plus years of his life to social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using interviews with Lewis last year, when he was 80 years old, John Lewis: Good Trouble explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to interviews with Lewis and his family, the  film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figured prominently in his life. Directed by Dawn Porter, USA, 2020, 96 minutes, documentary, rated PG.

From 1963 to 1966 Lewis was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). For 17 terms, from 1987 until his death in July, he served in the United States House of Representatives. He was one of the leaders of the March on Washington in 1963, and in 1965 led the Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. To join a discussion on Zoom on Thursday, August 27, please send an email to film@jameschingroup.com.

Sponsored by OCADA, Presented by Nyack Center Teen Council and Rivertown Film.
Community Partners: Rockland County Pride Center, Center for Safety and Change

All tickets are $12, and a limited number of comp tickets will be provided by the Teen Council of Nyack Center. This virtual theater presentation is provided thanks to Magnolia Pictures. Half of the price of each ticket will be donated to the Nyack Center Teen Council.

When you purchase a ticket you’ll have 6 days to start watching. Once you begin, you’ll have 72 hours to finish watching.

DISCUSSION RESCHEDULED FOR 8/27, 7:00 PM : A community discussion with members of the Nyack Center Teen Council, Nicole Hines L’Tanya Baptist, & Rev. Weldon McWilliams, moderated by Bill Batson.  To receive a link, send an email to film@jameschingroup.com.

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” – John Lewis


Often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America.   His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.

He has been called “the conscience of the U.S. Congress,” and Roll Call magazine has said, “John Lewis…is a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber.”

He was born the son of sharecroppers on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama.  He grew up on his family’s farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama.  As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts.  In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since then, he has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.


The film is both a tribute and a warning – it’s part John Lewis’ greatest hits and part civics lesson about today. – Steve Pond, TheWrap

There’s a lot to glean from the battleground Lewis has stood on for six decades while demanding fairness, a hope, and dream, of every American. Good Trouble is of importance now more than ever. – Priscilla Ward, Salon.com

it makes an urgent argument: that a new wave of voter suppression has threatened the rights that Lewis labored to secure. – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the film is how prophetic it is. Although it doesn’t offer any reflection on the current moment, it also won’t come as a surprise how we got here. – Lindsey Bahr, AP

The sheer volume of archival footage and black and white stills in John Lewis: Good Trouble, combined with interviews from some of Lewis’ past and present colleagues, has a powerful visual effect. – Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter