Excitement, controversy building for A Good Man

Credit: Keith Walker
Photo Credit: Rahoul Ghose/PBS

A Good Man, Kartemquin's new film about legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, will screen this Friday at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Co-Director Gordon Quinn is attending, and will also be giving a presentation on "fair use" for documentary filmmakers (get tickets and info). Before the festival, Gordon was interviewed by Film Slate Magazine, stating that "One of the things that attracted us to the project in the first place was that Bill is someone who takes no prisoners. He’s intense, he’s emotional, he’s very willing to be controversial. He’s an artist."


We are also honored to announce that the film has been selected for the 2011-12 Southern Circuit Tour of Indpendent Filmmakers. The accolade will see the film - and filmmakers - tour the Southern United States during March 2012. A Good Man editor David E. Simpson's previous film, Milking the Rhino, had been on the tour in 2009-10.


However, it's Bill T. Jones who has been making controversial headlines this week, following his statement at the Television Critic Assocation press tour (TCAs) that he finds dance reality TV shows "obscene" and arguing that "It's not good that dance is sport. It is not sport. It is a subtle art form." Read about his comments in The Hollywood Reporter and view photos of the TCA press tour panel.


Bill T. Jones was at the TCAs speaking on behalf of A Good Man along with co-directors Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn, and producer Joanna Rudnick. The appearance marked the start of what promises to be major media interest in A Good Man ahead of its 11/11/11 broadcast on American Masters as part of the PBS 'Fall Arts Festival.' Last month American Masters launched a new website featuring preview clips of the film and statements from the key partners involved in its creation. Visit the A Good Man PBS preview website.


In his statement on the website Bill T. Jones describes A Good Man as "honest and unflinching portrait" of his work in creating "the most ambitious work I have ever undertaken," a tribute to Abraham Lincoln titled Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray. At the TCAs Bill T. Jones again spoke of his apprehension about the film, stating: "I’m concerned because I have people that don’t like me," he said. "And this will be fodder for them to take cheap shots."


Chicago audiences will get an exclusive preview run of the film at the Gene Siskel Film Center from Spetember 23-29. More details to come soon. We are happy to confirm however that members of the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company will be attending the Spetember 27th screening of the film, which will include a panel discussion moderated by Welz Kaufman, CEO of Ravinia Festival, who first commissioned the performance and A Good Man the film.