In 2008, Kartemquin filmmakers spent several days documenting the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's residency at the University of Virginia. The dance company invited students, faculty, and community members to help develop and perform a piece titled 100 Migrations, part of Jones' exploration and creation of the Lincoln-inspired dance-theater piece Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray, chronicled in our film A Good Man (aired on PBS American Masters in 2011). 100 Migrations represented the first of several Bill T. Jones residencies at the university, a model for the type of persisting relationship UVA strives to continue in fostering the arts in a research university.
The UVA has now commissioned a short film that will highlight the importance of the arts in an academic environment, using the Bill T. Jones residencies as a prime example. The film will utilize Kartemquin's footage of 100 Migrations as well as UVA's documentation of Jones' three 2011 residencies.
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