Part of SFFILM Festival
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
“Words have power” says Toni Morrison, and she would know. With a warm gleam in her eye, Morrison recalls her life growing up, how she became an author, editor, and champion of new African-American literary voices. Weaving archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Robert Gottlieb, Hilton Als, and many more, The Pieces I Am places the affable and articulate Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author front and center, to tell her own story in her own words.
“Toni Morrison’s artistic, cultural, and historical legacies are by now firmly established, which doesn’t prevent Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am from revealing them anew and setting them out in an appreciative, and appropriate, package. An eloquent nonfiction biopic that travels creatively through the past, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ film is enlivened both by its own storytelling dexterity and by the participation of its subject, who at 88 years old remains as warm, vibrant, and insightful as ever.” – Nick Schager, Variety
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is an acclaimed photographer as well as a cinematographer, producer, and director. Among his work as a director is Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (1998), for which he won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video; Karen Finley Live (2004); the three-part documentary The Black List (2008-2010); About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012); and The Out List (2019).
Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Producer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Johanna Giebelhaus, Chad Thompson, Tommy Walker
Editor Johanna Giebelhaus
Cinematographer Graham Willoughby
Music Kathryn Bostic