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Callie Holley on new Netflix documentary Giving Voice & how discovering August Wilson helped find her truth: Video Talk

Callie is one of the young subjects in Giving Voice who participated in the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

The Sundance award-winning documentary is on Netflix now. 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.

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 celebrates one of America’s preeminent playwrights. Every year, thousands of students from twelve cities across the United States perform the Pulitzer Prize winner’s work (“Fences,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) for a shot to perform on Broadway. Directors Jim Stern and Fernando Villena capture students discovering themselves and the world around them through Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a canon of ten plays portraying the 20th century African American experience. Executive producer Viola Davis, along with “Fences” co-star Denzel Washington, share the impact that Wilson’s timeless artistry and legacy has had on their careers and their hopes for the young people carrying it forward.  Giving Voice is now available on Netflix. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom which stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman based on August Wilson’s play, streams on Netflix from December 18th. Giving Voice Executive Producers include John Legend, and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon for JuVee Productions.

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