“His work is testament to the Black experience, it encapsulated a lot of the trauma, a lot of the pain, a lot of the joy and a lot of the triumph that people of color have gone through for a long time” Julius Tennon
Sundance award-winning documentary Giving Voice comes to Netflix today December 11. The words of August Wilson are brought to life by a new generation in Giving Voice, following students in an annual monologue competition inspired by America’s preeminent playwright. Appearances by Viola Davis and Denzel Washington. The documentary’s Executive Producers are Viola Davis and Julius Tennon for JuVee Productions. Tennon was born in Travis County, Texas, USA as Julius William Tennon, the actor and producer is known for Dazed and Confused (1993), Small Soldiers (1998) and Aster (2010). He has been married to Viola Davis since June 23, 2003. They have one child. He played Avery in Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. ALT caught up with him to talk about why the legacy of August Wilson should be kept alive. In December Netflix will also release MA RAINEY.
GIVING VOICE SYNOPSIS
A new generation of performers is discovered in “Giving Voice,” which follows the emotional journey of six students as they advance through the high-stakes August Wilson Monologue Competition, an event which highlights the work of one of America’s preeminent playwrights. The national event brings Wilson’s work (“Fences,” “The Piano Lesson” etc.) to public school students pursuing careers in the performance arts. The students who commit to the demanding and rewarding competition process are encouraged to explore themselves and the world around them through the monologues from Wilson’s century cycle of ten plays focused on the Black experience in America.
Directors: James D. Stern, Fernando Villena Producers: James D. Stern, Karen Bove, Fernando Villena, Schoen Smith; Craig Piligian for Pilgrim Media Group, John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted Film Co.; Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin and Geralyn White Dreyfous for Impact Partners; Gretchen Stockdale and Nicholas Caprio for Pilgrim Media Group; Constanza Romero