Timely political documentary is first in our Virtual Cinema

congressman john lewis

With a spirit of improvisation, Fresno Filmworks is proud to present its first Virtual Cinema engagement: the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” opening Fourth of July weekend and available on-demand throughout the month.

Featuring new interviews woven together with rare archival footage from the Civil Rights Movement, the film explores the iconic Georgia congressman’s sixty-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration — all inspired by the fateful connection between a teen-age Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the early 1960s.

With most movie theaters still closed throughout California — and with our monthly film series indefinitely suspended — Filmworks fans can watch this timely political tale from the safety of their homes. This option is made possible by Virtual Cinema, a limited-time-only collaboration between independent film distributors and art-house theatre exhibitors across North America.

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” will be available starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3 directly from the streaming service of Magnolia Pictures, which will split the proceeds of each $12 virtual ticket 50/50 with Filmworks. Once rented, you will have access to the film for 30 days. Once you start to watch, you’ll have 72 hours to complete it.

Magnolia has taken the lead in supporting art-house theatres through the Virtual Cinema approach, and Filmworks is lucky to partner with them on this exciting new experiment. After 15 years of in-theatre collaboration with Magnolia, our Board of Directors couldn’t think of a better distributor to improvise with.

So, mark your calendars! Give Virtual Cinema a try with us.