Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

119 mins • NR

Showings

Lark Theater Fri, Aug 9 3:00 PM
Lark Theater Sat, Aug 10 6:45 PM
Lark Theater Mon, Aug 12 4:45 PM
Lark Theater Tue, Aug 13 12:30 PM
Lark Theater Sat, Aug 17 7:00 PM
Lark Theater Sun, Aug 18 10:00 AM
Lark Theater Mon, Aug 19 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2019
Rating:PG-13
Genre:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Cast:Angela Davis | Fran Lebowitz | Oprah Winfrey

Description

In Celebration of Toni Morrison
1931-2019

"Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while."
Barack Obama


TONI MORRISON:
THE PIECES I AM

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.


"When it's over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room."
Seattle Times

"It doesn't matter whether you've have read all - or any - of Morrison books. Either way, you may leave the theater wanting to pick one up on the way home."
Washington Post