Toni Morrison (37985)

It has been reported that the U.S. film distributor, Magnolia Films, has acquired the North American rights to release the new Toni Morrison film, “The Pieces I Am.” Accomplished producer, photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders directed the film.

“The Pieces I Am” is a moving film that highlights Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize, and it features Angela Davis, Oprah, Walter Mosley and others.

Morrison and Greenfield-Sanders are long-time friends and collaborators. Greenfield-Sanders photographed Morrison for the first time in 1981.

According to Deadline.com, who broke the exclusive announcement of the film’s business collaboration with Magnolia, “The Morrison documentary has been praised as an intimate and artful meditation on the life and works of the novelist who turns 88 this month. 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[mentary] 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[s] “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.”

The film was premiered at the Sundance Festival this year and was warmly embraced. Deadline.com reported that the film will have its theatrical releases before the end of 2019. The documentary will also be available for streaming on Hulu and will have its television premiere for PBS’ American Masters series.

The 88-year-old American legend has also recently released a collection of her writing, entitled, “The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations” released in February 2019.

There is no other African-American woman in literature who has been able to touch readers around her globe with her stunning intelligence, surprising honestly, open heartedness and brilliant storytelling. Morrison has done so much for American culture, and opened doors for other prolific writers like Angela Y. Davis, when she published as an editor at Random House for 19 years.

“The Pieces I Am” documentary will be an addition to the long legacy of contributions from Ms. Morrison.