Cincinnati Arts Association Screens "John Lewis: Good Trouble" Documentary with Virtual Panel Discussion

More than 60 cultural institutions across America will be offering a screening of the film through Sept. 21, along with the chance to join a nationwide watch party and live virtual conversation about Lewis' life and impact

Sep 17, 2020 at 9:58 am
click to enlarge John Lewis in John Lewis: Good Trouble - Photo: Courtesy Magnolia Pictures
Photo: Courtesy Magnolia Pictures
John Lewis in John Lewis: Good Trouble

The Cincinnati Arts Association is hosting a screening of Magnolia Pictures' documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble.

John Lewis: Good Trouble, which was released in early July, is about Freedom Rider and Congressman John Lewis’ legacy of activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform and immigration all told through a series of rarely seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with the late Representative, known for his belief in getting into "good trouble, necessary trouble.” 

More than 60 arts and cultural institutions across America, including the Cincinnati Arts Association, will be offering a screening of the film through Sept. 21, along with the chance to join a nationwide watch party and live virtual conversation about the activist's life. The event is helmed by the New Jersey Performing Art Center’s (NJPAC) ongoing initiatives to help instill a better understanding of current racial disparities and create a resource to teach citizens the actions they can take to help reach equality. 

“We are very pleased to join NJPAC and performing arts centers across the country in offering this important documentary and panel discussion to our audiences,” says Steve Loftin, president of Cincinnati Arts Association. “Throughout history, the arts and culture have reflected and supported social change and civil rights, and it is our hope that this opportunity will add to the ongoing national and local conversation about equity, inclusion, and racial justice.”

Audience members will be able to rent the film directly from Magnolia Pictures. With this special rental they also have access to an interview Congressman Lewis did with Oprah Winfrey shortly before his death earlier this year, as well as a discussion panel with the documentary’s director, Dawn Porter, and two of Lewis’ fellow original Freedom Riders, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton. The rental cost is $12 and includes a $5 donation to the Cincinnati Arts Association.

Once you purchase the rental, you'll have 30 days to watch it. Once you start watching it, you'll have 72 hours to complete the film. 

The interactive virtual conversation starts at 7 p.m. on Monday Sept. 21 via Zoom. Panelists include Dawn Porter, the film’s director; Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey; 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 with Lewis to create the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Register for the Zoom panel at

To rent the movie and register for the panel discussion, visit the Cincinnati Arts Association website at