English, partial subtitles
In 2006 the Louvre commissioned writer Toni Morrison to curate a show, resulting in an exhibition of performance titled “The Foreigner’s Home,” a conversation on the power of art and language in an increasingly borderless world. Documentation of Morrison’s project shot by her son Ford was discovered years later by friend Jonathan Demme, calling on fellow filmmakers Rian Brown and Geoffrey Pingree to bring to life the images. Weaving in their individual modes of expression, the pair augmented and illustrated Morrison’s impactful discourse. Morrison, with unabashed brilliance and grace, then responded to their work through additional interviews. The evolution of the film- and the resulting piece- is a distillation of Morrison’s original concept and of the world she seems to envision: the moving, fluid exchange of people and ideas dissolving together in a sea of history and humanity.
Co-Director, Co-Producer, and Co-Editor, Animator
Rian Brown is an independent filmmaker, visual artist, and Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. With collaborator Pingree, she co-founded the Apollo Outreach Initiative, a media education and community outreach program.
Co-Director, Co-Producer and Co-Editor, Writer
Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, writer, and Professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College, Geoff Pingree also directs the nonprofit StoryLens, which produces short films working toward social change.
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