FILE - This Jan. 3, 2019 file photo shows Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during a swearing-in ceremony of Congressional Black Caucus members of the 116th Congress in Washington. CNN Films is developing a documentary on civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Robert Lewis. The network announced Wednesday, May 8, that “Gideon’s Army” director Dawn Porter is helming the project. She began shooting the 79-year-old Lewis last year ahead of the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

FILE - This Feb. 24, 2019 file photo shows Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga at the Oscars in Los Angeles. CNN Films is developing a documentary on civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Robert Lewis. The network announced Wednesday, May 8, that “Gideon’s Army” director Dawn Porter is helming the project. She began shooting the 79-year-old Lewis last year ahead of the midterm elections. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. CNN Films is developing a documentary on civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Robert Lewis. The network announced Wednesday, May 8, that “Gideon’s Army” director Dawn Porter is helming the project. She began shooting the 79-year-old Lewis last year ahead of the midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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CNN creating John Lewis documentary

Originally posted Thursday, May 9, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Civil rights legend and Atlanta House Rep. John Lewis will be the focus of a upcoming CNN Films documentary.

Working with Trilogy Films, AGC Studios and Color Farm Media, the yet-untitled film began shooting last fall before the 2018 midterm elections and will follow him through this year. 

The documentary will cover Lewis’ childhood and his 60-plus years in public service. He will recount his first meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957 and how he became one of King’s trusted supporters. 

“John Lewis is a national treasure whose leadership paved the way for a generation,” said Dawn Porter, founder of Trilogy Films and director of the feature. “There has never been a more urgent need for the type of moral and compassionate leadership that he embodies.”

The documentary will talk to his family, political colleagues and others who figured prominently in his life. Rare and recently-discovered writings will be included. 

 CNN Films is behind the Academy Award-nominated “RBG” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fascinating “Three Identical Strangers.”

Upcoming CNN films include “Apollo 11,” “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice” and “Halston.”

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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