Starts season with ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’

Hamptons Doc Fest Opens On ‘Beloved’ Author




Toni Morrison from “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” a Magnolia Pictures release. Independent/Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Courtesy Magnolia Pictures.

The 12th annual Hamptons Doc Fest will open its fall season with the documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Sunday, September 22, at 5 PM.

The film follows the life and works of the legendary African American author and winner of Pulitzer and Nobel prizes, who passed away on August 5. It shows her journey from childhood in the steel town of Lorain, OH, through her education at Howard University, marriage and motherhood, editing life at Random House, the publication of novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula,” “Song of Solomon,” and “Beloved,” and teaching at Princeton University. A post-film Q&A will be held with the film’s director and producer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Sanders was a friend of Morrison’s for 38 years.

“The Morrison film seemed a perfect way to begin our fall season and pay tribute to her life,” said Hamptons Doc Fest founder and executive director Jacqui Lofaro. “Toni Morrison’s voice was raw, beautiful, and eloquently honest. Her authentic words jolted us out of complacency, starting with her earliest work, ‘The Bluest Eye.’ This documentary of her life, made by longtime friend Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, brings her back to us in wonderful ways. Morrison was, and remains, a natural treasure of American literature.”

Tickets to see the film are on sale for $20 at both www.hamptonsdocfest.com and www.baystreet.org

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