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. Now, he is on a journey back to his hometown of Kansas City, where he tries to heal the broken relationship with his mother and paint family members in the style of the Dutch Old Masters. Going back home forces George to face his past in his quest to rewrite the script of his life and discover the contribution of African influences to the realist tradition.
A One Story Up and Docmakers & Vulcan Productions production. Directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten; produced by Roger Ross Williams, Ilja Roomans, and Anousha Nzume; executive produced by Jody Allen, Ruth Johnston, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi and Geoff Martz.
George Anthony Morton and the film team have partnered with Represent Justice for the Master of Light impact campaign to bring the healing practice of art to incarcerated youth nationwide, and raise awareness around the importance of broad inclusion of Black and formerly incarcerated artists in our nation’s art institutions.