Exclusive Showings of Toni Morrison film announced at The Lorain Palace Theater

Released On: 5/15/2019

Toni MorrisonThe new documentary film “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” will be coming to its subject’s hometown June 28 and June 30 at the Lorain Palace Theater.

The feature-length documentary is directed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders who is a longtime friend of Toni Morrison. The film, which focuses on the Nobel Prize winning author’s life and work, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It came to the Northeast Ohio area this spring for the Cleveland International Film Festival, where it won the Local Heroes Competition. The documentary opens in New York City and Los Angeles on June 21, before expanding to additional markets throughout the summer.

These exclusive Lorain County showings will take place as part of a partnership with the Lorain Public Library System and the Lorain Historical Society, both of which helped the filmmakers research Morrison’s early life in Lorain, as well as the Community Foundation of Lorain County, Magnolia Films and the Palace.  

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that we are able to bring the award-winning documentary ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ to Lorain, Toni’s hometown, on June 28 and 30.” Says Barbara Piscopo, Executive Director of The Lorain Historical Society. “This effort has been made possible through the generosity of Magnolia Pictures and the efforts of Johanna Giebelhaus, film editor and producer.  Toni’s formative years were spent growing up in Lorain and her experiences here made a tremendous impact on her view of life.  We are also pleased that her hometown will ‘meet her again’ through this film.”

At the June 28 showing, there will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres provided by the Lorain Historical Society and a cash bar provided by the Lorain Palace Theater. The reception will offer an opportunity to meet with the editor and producer of the film, Johanna Giebelhaus, who worked closely with the Lorain Historical Society and the Lorain Public Library while researching for the film.

At 7 p.m. there will be introductory remarks followed by the film and a question and answer session with Giebelhaus. There will also be a question and answer session following the 2 p.m. showing on June 30.

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders said “Lorain plays such an important role in our film about Toni.  Simply put, there could be no definitive film about Toni Morrison without Lorain, Ohio.  We appreciate all the community has contributed and hope all of Lorain takes great pride in its success.” 

“Magnolia is excited to bring Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ excellent documentary about Toni Morrison to theaters all over the country this summer, but we’re especially pleased to screen it in Lorain, a community dear to Ms. Morrison and with obvious import to her life and work,” said Neal Block, Head of Distribution and Marketing at Magnolia Pictures. “We have excellent partners in the Lorain Public Library System and the Lorain Historical Society, and look forward to seeing Toni Morrison on the big screen at the Palace Theater.”

Toni Morrison will be receiving a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters May 22 at the organization’s annual ceremony. 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.lorainpalace.org, or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Lorain Palace Theater, 617 Broadway, Lorain. The Palace box office can also be reached during those same hours at 440-245-2323. Magnolia Pictures will be donating proceeds from the screening to a charity in Lorain.