Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters

Director: Rosalynde LeBlanc & Tom Hurwitz
2020 | USA | 89m
GENRE: AIDS/HIV | Biography/History | Black/African American | Dance | Gay | Theatre/Performance Art
SECTION: Closed Captioned | Documentary Features | Streaming

During the ravages of AIDS in 1980s New York, two young gay men funneled their love and talent into the formation of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The impact of the work these men created still sends ripples through the art world today, as so poignantly depicted in the absorbing Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters.

Exploring the history of this diverse and iconic dance company, Rosalynde LeBlanc, a dancer and choreographer who was once a part of the company, and lauded cinematographer Tom Hurwitz (Studio 54, Frameline42) conduct emotional interviews with former members as they recount the joys and pains they experienced during the mounting of the cathartic piece that came to symbolize the company: D-Man in the Waters. In a moving parallel, a young dance troupe stages a new production of this signature work, discovering the strength of art in the face of great tragedy. It is a tender and exhilarating portrait of the remarkable legacy of Jones, his company, and the amazing artists we lost to AIDS.

— ELLIOTT BREEDEN

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 4:00pm PDT Sat, Jun 19. Be sure to also check out the related Frameline Talk "Making Art in Vulnerable Times and Communities."

SPONSORED BY
Bank of America, N.A.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Oberlin Dance Company, 
GLBT Historical Society

NATIONAL PARTNERS
AIDS Alabama, My Brother's Keeper