The civil rights struggle that has occupied most of Lewis' 77 years is facing a tidal wave of new challenges — or, at least, that's what many people fear. The values he embodies are more important than ever… recent events signal a new urgency to see this inspiring film portrait.
- Associated Press
Trump, as you may recall, tweeted that Lewis was “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results”… The documentary will show just how wrong Trump was in his tweet. Lewis has been all action, action, action.
- Boston Globe
There's a cool new documentary headed to PBS… the civil rights icon and Georgia congressman is finally getting the TV treatment he deserves
Through a sweeping and at times non-linear style, Get In the Way gives the audience a sense of Lewis not so much as a biographical subject, but as Representative John Larson put it, an “experience seared into our collective memory.”
- Pop Matters
Early Light Productions
John Lewis: Get in the Way
a film by Kathleen Dowdey
The first major documentary biography of civil rights hero,
congressional leader and champion for human rights
whose unwavering fight for justice spans over fifty years.
Our distributor, BULLFROG FILMS, licenses the film to universities, colleges, middle and high schools and libraries. Get in the Way is available for streaming and on DVD. License includes Public Performance Rights.
Chosen for the coveted Best Documentaries of 2020 List from Video Librarian, the leading video review resource for libraries and educators.
Download our Educational Guide here.
Lewis has been all action, action, action!
- The Boston Globe
John Lewis once again rises to the forefront.
- Fast Company
Organize an event, reach out to your members, invite speakers and engage with your communities. Find out about some of our hosts who have screened the film for advocacy, membership building, education and fundraising. Download our Discussion Guide here.
We were impressed with the community engagement and discussion that came out of Get in the Way. Patrons let us know how important it is to tell stories from leading voices in history.
- Zoe Del Mar, Communications Manager,
Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA