June 27, 2011 4:23 pm
A Good Man will have a week long theatrical run in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center from September 23-29. Further details are still to be confirmed but co-Directors Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn will be present for the premiere along with other crew members from Kartemquin and Media Process Group. The film about choreographer Bill T. Jones' creation of a dance-theater Ravinia Festival performance about the life of Abraham Lincoln screened twice this past week to sell-out crowds at the Silverdocs Film Festival. Critics also praised the film, with the Washington City Paper preview stating "there's plenty of meaty conversation as Jones & Co. parse out what they learn about Lincoln through their research," and top documentary blog What (not) to doc writing the following: "As he develops his piece on the figure who Jones states was the only white man he was allowed to love unconditionally as a child, his research forces him to face some uncomfortable realities – perhaps his childhood hero wasn’t quite as accepting of racial equality as Jones assumed. It’s in how Jones tackles these contradictory impulses that the film is its most engaging, showing the audience a true creative genius at work. Hercules and Quinn’s deft approach results in a project that successfully conveys artistic vision, whether an individual audience member cares about dance or not."
The Northeast premiere of film was also recently confirmed for the Woods Hole Film Festival, which runs this July 30 - August 6. The festival announcement describes A Good Man as "a window into the creative process and 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."
A Good Man will air on AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS on 11/11/11, representing Chicago as one of the flagship programs of the PBS "Fall Arts Festival." Read more about the fall AMERICAN MASTERS highlights in RealScreen.