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Feature Doc “A Good Man” Screening News

July 4, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

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Jones in "A Good Man"

A Good Man, a co-production of American Masters, the Independent Television Service, Kartemquin Films, Media Process Group and Ravinia Festival, recently premiered their new feature documentary, at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. It also screened at the Silverdocs Film Festival in June.

A Good Man follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones (Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Still/Here, FELA!) as he and his company create their most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial.

Through two tumultuous years, we witness raw moments of frustration as Jones struggles to communicate his vision to his dancers and collaborators, as well as moments of great exhilaration when movement transcends the limitation of words. Jones and his company come face to face with America’s unresolved contradictions about race, equality and the legacy of our 16th President. Initially an indictment of The Great Emancipator, the work evolves into a triumph of hope for our struggling democracy, with Jones revealing that Lincoln was “the only white man I was allowed to love unconditionally.”

The filmmakers with Bill T. Jones

Premiering on the heels of Jones’s Tony Award for FELA! and 2010 Kennedy Center Honor, A Good Man is a window into the creative process and, indeed, the creative crisis of one of our nation’s most enduring, provocative artists as he explores what it means to be a good man, to be a free man, to be a citizen.

The film was co-directed by MPG’s Bob Hercules and Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn and produced by Joanna Rudnick.   The D.P. was Keith Walker, Editor David E. Simpson and Associate Producer Rachel Pikelny.  It will be broadcast on PBS’ American Masters series this coming November 11 and will have it’s Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center starting September 23 for a week-long run.

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