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JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
August 3 - August 31
Watch a film about a giant in social activism, give support to your neighbors in a small but vital way.
In March Kino Lorber helped shuttered theatres with an inventive virtual screening program: sharing our unique link with our community gives Sun-Ray 50% of the box office revenue for films we would have screened as well as those that would lose out because of financial viability or simply the limitation of just two screens. Even with technological barriers that seem clunky compared to the surf and click of most streaming services, it’s nice to continue to offer and even expand our services to the community.
As most of that community knows, expanded unemployment benefits are ending for many, adding more of our brothers and sisters to a growing list of people in need of the basics. JEA has a Neighbor to Neighbor program that allows one to contribute to a pot JEA and United way manage in order to cover funds for its customers who temporarily need a hand. All monies go directly to power bills, no expenses are deducted by either organization. When I found out about this it seemed like an opportunity to connect filmgoers to their neighbors, and to a new documentary in our virtual screening room JOHN LEWIS: THE GOOD TROUBLE.
Beginning with this documentary, for every person that clicks our link to watch the film, we’ll donate our share of the ticket so that you can learn all about the work of John Lewis and know that 50% of your ticket dollars go to someone that needs it. The initiative will not stop with this one film; going forward a portion of all our virtually screened films will be donated to Neighbor to Neighbor as well as other community building programs. We will continue to highlight new organizations while promoting and sharing films like THE GOOD TROUBLE. Stay tuned for details on the upcoming doc on crusty curmudgeon Charles Bukowski on 8/7 too.
John Lewis: The Good Trouble
Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.