June 2, 2023


Showing: Wednesday, December 11 – 8:00 PM
Year: 2019
Country: USA
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Tonight’s film, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, may sell out. Online ticket purchase is recommended but will end at 3:00. Tickets will be sold at the door, but please arrive early to buy them, and if you have purchased online, arrive early for a good seat.

Rivertown Film cordially invites you to join us in remembering Toni Morrison (1931–2019), pre-eminent novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a longtime local resident. Made before she died, the film includes extensive interviews with her. As Toni Morrison did in her writing, the film leads viewers through an exploration of race, America, history, and what it means to be human. USA, 2019, 120 minutes, documentary, rated PG-13

After the film, Bill Batson will moderate a discussion with Dr. Craig Stutman, Joshua Leach, and Dr. Tracyann Williams, Chair and members (respectively) of the Toni Morrison Society’s Bench by the Road Project.

Community Partners include the Nyack Library, Nyack NAACP, Nyack Center, and Nyack Sketch Log. Members of the NAACP will receive the Rivertown Film member discount on tickets. Watch for information about Black American Culture & Art Series: The Legacy of Toni Morrison, continuing through 2020 at the Nyack Library.

“When it’s over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room.” – Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

“A valuable and fascinating and insightful and soaring and inspirational record of the life and times and work of an American treasure.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“She is candid, funny and sometimes guarded—Greenfield-Sanders and Morrison’s friends and colleagues are scrupulous about respecting her privacy—with the charisma of someone who knows what she’s talking about.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

“By touching upon the various ways in which Morrison’s tomes influenced American literature at large, all while repeatedly leaping backward to detail her own chronology, Greenfield-Sanders captures the spirit of her writing.” – Nick Schager, Variety