HD - 2012 - USA - 82 Min - Color
Joffrey: Maverick of American Dance
Joffrey: Maverick of American Dance (original title)
A film by Bob Hercules
Mavericks of American Dance tells the story of this groundbreaking cultural treasure, known as the first truly American dance company. Narrated by Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin and directed by Bob Hercules (Bill T. Jones-A Good Man), the film documents how The Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique, combining art with social statement, and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores.
Bob Hercules is an award-winning producer/director and co-owner of Media Process Group,
a Chicago-based production company. Over his 26-year career, Hercules has filmed around the world and his work has been seen on PBS, the Discovery Channel, IFC, The Learning Channel and through television syndication nationwide.
His two new films both deal with the subject of dance: a film about famed choreographer Bill T. Jones, entitled A Good Man (for the PBS series American Masters), and Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. A Good Man was broadcast on PBS November 11, 2011.
His 2009 documentary, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, chronicles the iconoclastic priest, Mike Pfleger, whose confrontational methods to fight racism have put him
in direct conflict with the Catholic hierarchy. The film premiered at the 2009 Black Harvest Film Festival and was named Best Documentary at the 2010 Big Muddy Film Festival.
Hercules directed the 2006 documentary Senator Obama Goes to Africa, chronicling the then-Senator’s diplomatic trip to Africa (including an emotional visit to his late father’s village in Kenya). The film was broadcast in over 100 countries and is currently in home video distribution from First Run Features. Hercules also directed Obama’s Presidential launch and
biography videos at the start of his historic Presidential campaign. Also in 2006, his acclaimed documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, winning Special Jury Prize and the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival. The film tells the remarkable story of Auschwitz survivor and former ‘Mengele twin’ Eva Mozes Kor, whose decision to forgive the perpetrators as an act of selfhealing sparked a firestorm of criticism. It is currently in home video release from First Run Features.