The 90-minute film chronicles the creative journey of two-time Tony winner Bill T. Jones as he leads the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the creation of Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray, an original dance-theatre piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial commissioned by Ravinia Festival.
Co-directors Bob Hercules of Media Process Group and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films, press note states, "provide 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."
"Through two tumultuous years, 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," production notes explain. "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.'"
"Bill T. Jones: A Good Man" is part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival, a multi-platform event anchored by nine films that highlight artists and performances from around the country.