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Part of SFFILM Festival

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

USA | Documentary | 119

14 Apr
Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Victoria Theatre
Victoria Theatre 2961 16th Street (between Mission and Capp Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
20 Apr
Sat, Apr 20 at 7:30 pm
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive


“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

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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).

Film Details

Year 2019

Language English

Runtime 119

Country USA

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Producer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Johanna Giebelhaus, Chad Thompson, Tommy Walker

Editor Johanna Giebelhaus

Cinematographer Graham Willoughby

Music Kathryn Bostic