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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.” 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 the United States' most enduring, provocative artists as he explores what it means to be a good man, to be a free man, to be a citizen.

Producer: Joanna Rudnick
Director: Gordon Quinn, Bob Hercules
Editor: David E. Simpson
Cinematography: Keith Walker
Associate: Producer Rachel Pikelny

World Premiere - Full Frame International Documentary Film Festival 2011
Official Selection - Southern Circuit Tour 2012
Honorable Mention - Ventura Film Festival 2011
Official Selection - EPOS - International Art Film Festival 2011
Official Selection - Virginia Film Festival 2011
Honorable Mention - Woods Hole Film Festival 2011
Official Selection – Silverdocs 2011
Official Selection - American Dance Festival International Screendance Festival 2011
Official Selection – Canadian Premiere DOXA Canadian Documentary Film Festival 2011
Official Selection - Minneapolis / St. Paul Film Festival 2011

"An unusually intelligent, thoughtful and well-constructed examination of an artist and his work, this film succeeds in illuminating both... The film is as crammed with ideas and information as the artwork, but it deals evenhandedly with both concept and craft, and will be revelatory to many with regard to what it takes to bring an huge stage work to life." — IndyWeek.com

"A sensational portrait of the modern dance maven" — Richard Knight, Jr., Windy City Times

"Bill T. Jones: A Good Man is part arts documentary, part performance piece and part soul poem" — Edmonton Journal

"A remarkable testament to the creative process." — Slant Magazine / The House Next Door

"It's brilliant... a mesmerizing portrait of a great American artist." — Windy City Times

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