A Good Man has its World Television Premiere tonight on American Masters on PBS, as a part of their PBS Fall Arts Festival. The film is set to air today at 9pm E.T. (check local listings). The DVD of the film will also be released today.
The film’s co-directors, Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films and Bob Hercules of Media Process Group, follow Bill T. Jones for 2 years as he creates a new dance-theatre work based on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival.
Buzz is building ahead of the broadcast. The Chicago Sun-Times compared the “iconic presence” of Bill T. Jones to that of Clint Eastwood who directed himself in the film Unforgiven. Film critic Steven Boone writes: “We watch his creation take shape as a kind of autobiography in motion.” Bill T. Jones was featured on WTTW 11's Chicago Tonight program last night ahead of the broadcast: watch the interview.
The New York Daily News praised the "fascinating" production, while The San Francisco Chronicle stated: "Jones is larger than life and then some."
Speaking to the Lincoln-Jones dynamic in the film, and also the relevance of the work being created in the age of Barack Obama, Co-director Gordon Quinn reflects: "We felt that somehow, having to grapple with Lincoln, this was going to be his statement on the crisis in our democracy," according to Christopher R. C. Bosen's article in the International Documentary Association Magazine.
Documentary critic Chistopher Campbell at the Documentary Channel states: "I love this doc for the way it doesn’t sugar coat Jones or Lincoln. As the subject says, he’s no saint. He’s still a good man — actually, he’s a great one."
Jessie Paddock's article from Slant Magazine gave the film considerable praise: "What they come away with is a remarkable testament to the creative process, which, like much of Jones's best work, is centered around themes of history, identity, and love."
PBS Arts is exhibiting in impressive spread of extra features that includes video interviews and inside looks into the costume and set design of Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray.
A Good Man will also be premiering at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) and the DANCE:FILM festival in Scotland next week.