Magnolia Pictures has announced that director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, an uplifting documentary chronicling the vibrant life and compelling works of the legendary storyteller who became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize, will hit theaters on June 21.
The film features conversations with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley and Sonia Sanchez, as well as Oprah Winfrey, who adapted Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved into a 1998 feature film directed by the late Jonathan Demme.
The Pieces I Am, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will also stream on Hulu. The film will make its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere in late 2020 on PBS as part of the American Masters series.
The Morrison documentary has been praised as an intimate and artful meditation on the life and works of the novelist who turned 88 recently. Morrison, who emerged from the steel town of Lorain, OH, as a “little black girl” who no one took seriously — which provided major motivation for a restlessly ambitious and creative mind.
Venturing inside Morrison’s riverfront writing room, the docu reflects on race, America, history and the human condition as viewed through the prism of Morrison’s literature and her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. The film delves into Morrison bookshelf achievements — among them the novel The Bluest Eye, Sula,and Song of Solomon — as well as her pivotal work as an editor working with iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a production of Perfect Day Films Inc. in association with American Masters Pictures. The film was produced by Greenfield-Sanders, Johanna Giebelhaus, Chad Thompson and Tommy Walker. Michael Kantor is executive producer for American Masters Pictures. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and Magnolia SVP Acquisitions John VonThaden with ICM Partners and Curatorial on behalf of the filmmakers.