NASHVILLE, TN – Sept. 15, 2020 – Tennessee Performing Arts Center joins in a nationwide watch of the riveting new documentary, “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” which looks at the impact of Rep. John Lewis’s life and work.
In collaboration with more than 60 arts and cultural institutions, TPAC is providing audiences with digital access to the film from Magnolia Pictures now and an opportunity to take part in a live virtual conversation about Rep. Lewis’s legacy 6 p.m. CT on Sept. 21.
Freedom Rider and Congressman, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree and conscience of the nation, John Lewis served the cause of social justice for decades, both as an elected representative and as a groundbreaking activist whose fervent belief in getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” for the cause of racial equality changed our country.
“John Lewis: Good Trouble” celebrates his more than 60 years of activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform and immigration through rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with the late Congressman.
This special access to the documentary includes two extra features: Film of an interview Rep. Lewis gave to Oprah Winfrey shortly before his death as well as a one-hour panel, recorded in July, between the documentary’s director, Dawn Porter, and two of Rep. Lewis’s fellow original Freedom Riders, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton.
After screening the film, audiences are invited to register for a live, interactive online panel discussion about Rep. Lewis’s history and impact on the social justice struggles of today. Panelists include Porter; Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, who worked to establish the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker from New Jersey will provide opening remarks.
Click here to unlock digital access to “John Lewis: Good Trouble” from Magnolia Pictures. The film’s rental fee, $12, includes a $5 donation to TPAC. After unlocking, you'll have 30 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 72 hours to finish watching.
Then, click here to register for the free virtual conversation via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 21 at 6:00 p.m. CT.
The online conversation and coordinated effort is produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) of Newark, New Jersey.
Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.
Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 14 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA Healthcare / TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit www.TPAC.org.
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