Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis Directed
Kathleen Dowdey USA / 2015 / 60 minutes New York Premiere
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When Congressman John Lewis advocates "get in the way," he stands behind his words, whether advancing civil rights in the 1960s or leading a 26-hour sit-in for gun control in the House this past June following the Orlando shootings.
Former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an original Freedom Rider and a leader of the Selma march on Bloody Sunday, Lewis has always advocated non-violence. "Non-violence is love in action," and Lewis still has plenty to spread around. The civil rights icon remains a vital force in the ongoing struggle for justice. We witness his commitment as the film integrates graphic historical footage with recent interviews and issues, never letting us forget the racial oppression still plaguing us. "Get in the Way" is an illuminating fusion of personal voice, astute observations and edifying moments, as over the decades John Lewis motivates us to speak up and "make some noise." --Ben F. Fischer
An award-winning filmmaker, Kathleen Dowdey's unique portrayal of documentary subjects is a refreshing fusion of personalized voice, layered observations and revelatory moments. She is a storyteller attracted to people deeply immersed in their cultures, driven by their history, thrust into change, and struggling to adapt. Her exceptional artistry in "Get in the Way" has its roots in her early work, including "A Celtic Trilogy", a documentary exploration of the renaissance of identity in the Celtic nations, "Blue Heaven", a narrative feature that exposes the hidden traumas of domestic violence, and "Dawn's Early Light", a portrait of newspaper editor Ralph McGill, a segregationist-turned-advocate of tolerance in a deeply polarized South. As a television writer, director and producer, Dowdey's work is broadcast on CBS/Paramount, NBC, PBS, The History Channel, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, and others. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the International Documentary Association.
Cast/Featuring: Representative John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Juanita Abernathy, Bernard Lafayette
Executive Producer(s): Charles Floyd Johnson
Producer(s): Kathleen Dowdey, Donna Brown Guillaume, Jim Carr, Karen Elizabeth Price
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