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Up Next for Stanley Nelson: A Feature-Length Documentary on John Lewis

Up Next for Stanley Nelson: A Feature-Length Documentary on John Lewis

“The John Lewis Documentary Project” is an upcoming feature-length film documenting the life and legacy of civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis, which is being directed by award-winning director Stanley Nelson.

Often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has become an inspiring international symbol of steadfast commitment to the philosophy of nonviolence, to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what he calls “The Beloved Community.” 

“Generations from now,” President Barack Obama said when presenting Lewis with the Medal of Freedom in 2011, “when parents teach their children what is meant by courage, the story of John Lewis will come to mind.” His is a story that must be told. And who better than veteran, multiple Emmy Award-winning master documentarian, Stanley Nelson, to bring it to the big screen.

“I am grateful to have someone as accomplished as Stanley Nelson involved in this project,” said Congressman Lewis. I never dreamed when I began this journey, my life would be an inspiration to others.”

Nelson’s credits include 12 documentary features, like “Freedom Summer,” “Freedom Riders,” “Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple” and “The Murder of Emmett Till.” 

His latest documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” is currently in theaters. 

“I am extremely honored and excited about being a part of telling the John Lewis story,” said Nelson. “We want the world, and future generations to learn from and be inspired by his example.”

The Icon Genesis Productions film is scheduled for release Fall 2016.

In “Selma” a young John Lewis was played Stephan James.

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