JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
2020, Magnolia Pictures, 96 min, USA, Dir: Dawn Porter

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.


COSMOS: A PERSONAL VOYAGE
1980, National Geographic, 45 min, USA, Dir: Adrian Malone, David Kennard, Rob McCain, David F. Oyster, Richard Wells

The original series COSMOS: A PERSONAL VOYAGE first premiered in September 1980 on PBS, and for 10 years was the most watched series ever on public television in America. Based on Carl Sagan's book of the same name, and written for television by Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter, the series was a stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science that took viewers through a galaxy of topics to help explain the universe and humanity's place in it. Called "a watershed moment for science programming" by Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times, Sagan brought science into the mainstream by explaining complex theories in a way that everyone could comprehend and appreciate. Among the areas explored are the life cycle of stars, genetics, laws of planetary motion, the journey to Mars, the search for intelligent life beyond Earth and the big bang theory.


THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS
2020, 93 min, Cyprus, Dir: Peter Medak

In September of 1973, Peter Sellers embarked on the production of a 17th Century pirate comedy in Cyprus for Columbia Pictures (GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN). Sellers lost confidence with the film as soon as it began and desperately tried to sabotage it, firing the producers in the first week and then setting his sights on his friend, director Peter Medak. At the core of this documentary is an unraveling production but also a young filmmaker firmly on a path to greatness; Medak had made three back-to-back successes, most notably THE RULING CLASS in 1972 with Peter O’Toole (nominated for the Palme d'Or). But GHOST changed his career forever. After 43 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak, and this opportunity to exorcise its failure is a comic-tragic tale about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster. "I thought I had suffered." - Terry Gilliam.


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