American as Bean Pie
2019, Liz Toussaint, USA, 62 min.
- Fri, Aug 9th 6:15pm
- Sat, Aug 10th 8:15pm
"Moving and honest...Toussaint is in tune with the best of the 2019 zeitgeist, and in opposition to the worst."--Scott Pfeiffer, Cine-File
Self-described as "an actual Black country singer from the 'hood in Chicago," Englewood-raised recording artist Liz Toussaint has wrestled with labels all her life. A Muslim born Muniefa Abdullah to Nation of Islam parents, she found herself ostracized after 9/11, prompting her to take her current name from her great-grandmother. After several years searching for a musical identity, she discovered a liberating authenticity in country music, but her convention-defying crossover initially encountered resistance from both sides of the line. Toussaint's autobiographical first film is an impressively substantial and insightful account of her personal and musical evolution, forging a quintessentially American identity out of diverse roots and influences. ProRes digital. (MR) FF
Director Liz Toussaint is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings.
Live performance after the screening on Saturday.