American Masters – Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am


Air date: 06/23/2020



TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS has achieved critical acclaim photographing world leaders and major cultural figures, including presidents, writers, artists, actors, and musicians. His photographs are in many permanent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Brooklyn Museum.

Greenfield-Sanders has produced and directed 13 documentary films including Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (PBS), The Black List (HBO), The Latino List (HBO), The Out List (HBO), About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (HBO), The Boomer List (PBS), The Women’s List (PBS), and The Trans List (HBO). He won a Grammy for Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart and an NAACP Image Award for The Black List. He returns for his fourth Sundance premiere with Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.

Greenfield-Sanders’ numerous books have been published by Bulfinch, Atria, Luxury and Powerhouse. He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.F.A. from The American Film Institute.

JOHANNA GIEBELHAUS | Editor / Producer

JOHANNA GIEBELHAUS has a passion for artful and poetic storytelling. She has produced and edited films for theater and television, including editing the critically acclaimed documentary feature God Grew Tired of Us, winner Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award Sundance Film Festival, winner Deauville Film Festival; and producing and editing The Congressman, starring Treat Williams and Elizabeth Marvel. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is her second film with director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. In 2016, she edited HBO’s The Trans List, directed by Greenfield-Sanders.  

With Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, producer CHAD THOMPSON returns for his second Sundance premiere. He first attended Sundance in 2012 to unveil About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, a documentary film about the original supermodels directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Thompson’s credits also include documentary films for HBO and PBS including The Trans List, The Boomer List and The Women’s List. In 2007, he launched communa-k inc., a casting and production agency specializing in fashion and entertainment. Since then, his work has appeared in Oscar-nominated films, on Fashion Week runways from New York to Paris, and in media seen around the world.

TOMMY WALKER is a producer/director in New York City. In 2005 Walker co-directed and produced the feature-length theatrical documentary, God Grew Tired of Us, about refugees from war-torn Sudan, their subsequent immigration to America, and their experience in a post 9/11 world. The film won Best Documentary as well as the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Walker has produced and directed films for Toyota, Mercedes, Daimler Chrysler and Hewlett-Packard. These films have been used to brand and introduce new directions and products for these companies. Walker is currently a producer and partner with FreemindBeauty, a production company that has produced The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List, and The Trans List for HBO, as well as The Boomer List and The Women’s List for PBS’s American Masters series.

MICHAEL KANTOR | Executive Producer

MICHAEL KANTOR joined American Masters as the series’ executive producer in April 2014 during its 28th season on PBS, and founded its theatrical imprint American Masters Pictures in January 2016. American Masters Pictures will world premiere three films at Sundance Film Festival 2019: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am; and was represented by three films at Sundance in 2016: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and Richard Linklater – Dream is Destiny. Other films include Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Itzhak and Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable. An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Kantor has worked on projects for PBS, HBO, Bravo and 20th Century Fox. His PBS series include Broadway: The American Musical (hosted by Julie Andrews), Make ‘Em Laugh (hosted by Billy Crystal) and Superheroes (hosted by Liev Schreiber). He served as executive producer of Give Me the Banjo with Steve Martin, and distributes the American Film Theatre series including Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, starring Katharine Hepburn, and Chekhov’s Three Sisters with Laurence Olivier. Kantor has co-authored three books, serves as a Tony nominator, and hosts the American Masters Podcast.

GRAHAM WILLOUGHBY | Director of Photography
GRAHAM WILLOUGHBY has always wanted to be a cinematographer. Ever since he was 34.  His entry into cinematography came with the critically acclaimed TV show Can’t Get a Date for VH1. Since then, he has shot many celebrated documentaries including the Academy Award-winning 20 Feet From Stardom, Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Keith Richards – Under the Influence, The Basement Tapes, Best of Enemies, and over a dozen documentaries on topics ranging from race to gender to sexual politics for HBO and PBS’ American Masters.

KATHRYN BOSTIC | Original Music

Composer and artist KATHRYN BOSTIC is known for her work on award-winning films, TV and live theater. In 2016 she became the first female African-American score composer in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She is also a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the prestigious Sundance Institute Time Warner Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/ Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring, BMI Conducting Fellowship, and Best Music in Film by the African American Film Critics Association.

Bostic has written for Broadway, most notably collaborating with the award-winning playwright August Wilson. Reflecting on Mr. Wilson’s career she was inspired to compose “The August Wilson Symphony” and her song “State of Grace” which received its world premiere in January 2018 by the Grammy award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra helmed by Grammy award-winning conductor and composer Lucas Richman.

In addition, she has been nominated for several additional awards in theater including the Ovation Award, NAACP Theater Award and a Drama Desk nominee for “Outstanding Music in a Play.” As a singer, Bostic has toured and recorded with several renowned artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nas and David Byrne. She has also performed with her own quartet in several jazz festivals and venues including the Pori Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s London, Blue Note Tokyo and Osaka, Birdland NYC.

MICKALENE THOMAS | Opening Credits Art

MICKALENE THOMAS is an internationally acclaimed artist and 2015 United States Artists Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow. Her work extends across various mediums from painting, collage, photography, video, and installation, and draws on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty and power. Thomas’ work has been included in many exhibitions worldwide, at institutions such as the The Art Gallery of Ontario, Wexner Center for the Arts, Brooklyn Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Aspen Art Museum, and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Monaco, among others.


TONI MORRISON was born in Ohio and received a B.A. in English from Howard University and a Master of Arts from Cornell. She began her career in 1965 as an editor at Random House. In 1970, she published her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” and since then she has gone on to publish ten other best-selling and highly acclaimed works of fiction, including “Sula,” “Tar Baby,” “Paradise,” “Song of Solomon,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “Beloved,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1996, she was honored with the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. And in 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.