Film Screening and Discussion: Master of Light


Film Screening and Discussion: Master of Light

Date and Time

Sunday, July 17, 2022 5:15 pm EST


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Harriet Tubman Theater

Event Type

Panel Discussion, Film Screenings



Join us for a screening of the ground-breaking film, Master of Light. A moderated panel discussion featuring George Anthony Morton (Marking Time artist and subject of the film) and Pulitzer Prize writer Mitchell S. Jackson will follow the screening. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Nicole Fleetwood, curator of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

  • 5:15pm - Doors open (light bites will be served)
  • 6:00pm – Screening begins

About the Film

George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison for dealing drugs. While incarcerated, he nurtured his craft and unique artistic ability. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society’s unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world.

George faces his demons when he returns to his hometown, Kansas City. He does so by painting his family members. He paints his mother whom he has a troubled relationship with; his 11-year-old nephew who is a reflection of George’s younger self and he paints a self-portrait. By painting these portraits, can George heal himself and create a better outcome for the next generation?

Master of Light made its world premiere at SXSW in March 2022 and won the Grand Jury Prize. It also won the McBaine Documentary Feature Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required:

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