An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to book tours with Muhammad Ali, the front lines with Angela Davis, and her own writing room—Morrison explores race, America, history and the human condition.
Art and Activism panel to follow the screening
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has achieved critical acclaim photographing world leaders and major cultural figures, including presidents, writers, artists, actors, and musicians. Greenfield-Sanders has produced and directed 13 documentary films including Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (PBS), The Black List (HBO), The Latino List (HBO), The Out List (HBO), About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (HBO), The Boomer List (PBS), The Women’s List (PBS), and The Trans List (HBO). He won a Grammy for Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart and an NAACP Image Award for The Black List. He returns for his fourth Sundance premiere with Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.
Artist as Activist: What Can I Do Where I Am?
Following the screening of The Pieces I Am, this illustrious panel will discuss the role of artists as activists, reflecting on Toni Morrison’s partnership with Angela Davis in the 1970s Black power movement and her seminal question, What Can I Do, Where I Am?
Monica L. Miller – Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies
Monica L. Miller is a specialist in contemporary African American and Afro-diasporic literature and cultural studies. A frequent commentator in the media and arts worlds, she teaches and writes about black literature, art, and performance, fashion cultures, and contemporary Black European culture and politics.
Sade Lythcott – CEO of The National Black Theatre
Yvette Christianse – Professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College