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New Toni Morrison Documentary, “The Foreigner’s Home,” Explores The Meaning Of Belonging

At 87, Toni Morrison is a direct woman. The Nobel laureate in literature has long contemplated her legacy, and the larger meaning of art, society and belonging.

A moving piece of evidence for this unfurls in The Foreigner’s Home, a feature-length film, making its regional debut at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 35 miles east of Morrison’s childhood town of Lorain, Ohio…

 

THE FOREIGNER’S HOME: OBERLIN FILMMAKERS RIAN BROWN AND GEOFF PINGREE’S NEW DOCUMENTARY ON TONI MORRISON AND THE ROLE OF ARTISTS AS CHRONICLERS, CURATORS, AND CRITICS OF THE SOUL OF HUMANITY

The Foreigner’s Home is author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s meditation on the role of artists as chroniclers, curators and critics of the collective soul of humanity.

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Geoff and Rian attended the world Premiere of The foreigner's home at the international film festival rotterdam

Filmmakers Rian Brown-Orso and Geoff Pingree have been active at PRO Hub looking to secure international sales and explore French distribution possibilities for The Foreigner’s Home, which seeks to capture cinematically the essence of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and her belief in the transformative effect of art.

"Toni is a writer, so it is as if the pencil
is lifting off her page and into the boat and the bird," 

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Presentation of Film to Toni Morrison
January 14, 2018

Geoff and I had a touching, memorable and beautiful meeting with Ms. Morrison at her home yesterday—she gave us her blessing and loved the film... 

"The film is beautifully done and (surprisingly) au courant." – Toni Morrison

 

 

 

 

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Toni Morrison’s Artistry Drives Faculty Film, ‘The Foreigner’s Home’

A documentary about Toni Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision directed by cinema studies faculty Rian Brown-Orso and Geoff Pingree will premiere in early 2018.

The Foreigner’s Home, a feature-length film, explores the issues Morrison raised when she guest-curated an exhibition by the same name at the Louvre in 2006…

 
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Sullivan Fortner opens the 2017 Jazz at Lincoln Center  with Jelly Role Morton

“The Fantastic Mr. Jelly Lord,” the all-Jelly Roll Morton concert that opened the 2017 season of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, revealed the continued relevance of the great New Orleans maestro and was as good a case as any for Wynton Marsalis’ credo that “all jazz is modern.”

The piano chair for the evening featured a rotating cast including three great young pianists (Aaron Diehl, Sullivan Fortner and the JLCO’s own Dan Nimmer) and a pair of even younger, highly promising Juilliard student pianists (Micha Thomas from Ohio and Joel Wenhardt from California). Playing a mix of original Morton charts and new interpretations arranged by JLCO members (and one by former member Wycliffe Gordon), the music sounded fresh and vivid—nothing like a dusty relic of another time…