Film Opening: CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS (directed by Rosalynde LeBlanc & Tom Hurwitz)

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by Tony Frankel on July 16, 2021

in Film

OPENS TODAY, JULY 16TH IN SELECT THEATERS & VIRTUAL CINEMAS
New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Seattle
*Expanding to Los Angeles, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto on July 23*

Bill T. Jones in rehearsal doing Astaire steps with students Brandon and Nicole.
The final toss during D-Man in the Waters performance.

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Water brings to life the creative process that culminated in choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis. In 1989, D-Man in the Waters gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation that the emerging Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (both partners at the time) felt as they were embattled by the AIDS epidemic.

Clasped hands from D-Man in the Waters performance.

As a group of young dancers in the present re-interpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power – exploring what is at stake in their own personal lives in order to commit and perform it successfully. Through an extraordinary collage of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography, this lyrical documentary uses the story of this iconic dance to illustrate the power of art and the triumph of the human spirit.

Bill T. Jones in rehearsal with students with arms raised.

Co-directed by Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz, the film celebrated its world premiere at DOC NYC and has gone on to notable festivals including Frameline San Francisco International Film Festival and Inside Out Toronto. The film opens today, July 16, in select theaters and virtual cinemas including New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston and Seattle, expanding to Los Angeles and nationwide on July 23.

Bill T. Jones in rehearsal with students.

photos courtesy of Rosalynde LeBlanc
postcard artwork design by Darren Maser-Katter

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Water
Kino Lorber
2020 | U.S. | 90 minutes
opens July 16, 2021 in limited release
for play dates and cities, visit Kino Lorber

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