Fences

Photo credit: This podcast is sponsored by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center, and continues our ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse.

Our inaugural episode of the Price Projection Room podcast features a lively discussion of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, directed by Denzel Washington.

Fences is part of Wilson’s series of ten plays, all set in Pittsburgh depicting different decades of African American life in the city, The Pittsburgh CycleFences is set in the 1950’s, and its universal themes of generational, working class, and familial struggle make its setting in time seem unimportant. The film is directed by and stars Denzel Washington, along with Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney. Washington plays Troy Maxson, a former baseball player whose career in sports was cut short with a stint in prison for murder. Years later, bitter for a career lost, he stands to oppose his youngest son’s desire to play football. While Tory struggles to find himself amidst the duties of family and work, the audience begins to see that each character faces the same grapples with the same interior dilemmas. This family drama focuses on themes of race, duty, class, and masculinity. For a summary of the film and its themes, check out the review on the Roger Ebert site.

Warning: *spoilers!*

Featuring Gregg T. Daniel, Ange-Marie Hancock, Jonathan Schwartz, and Erroll Southers

Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price; Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts; and Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC Cinematic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation. 

To listen to the Price Projection Room discussion of Fences click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player at the top of this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

 

Intersections: August Wilson, Writing to the Blues
Constanza Romero Wilson On Her Late Husband August Wilson’s Oscar Nomination
James Earl Jones – Fences “You Ain’t Never Liked Me”
What August Wilson Means Now by Ben Brantly and Wesley Morris in The New York Times
An Interview with August Wilson by Yvonne Shafer in the Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism
Reproducing Racism by Daria Roithmayr

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This podcast is sponsored by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center,
and continues our ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse.

Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price; Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts; and Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC Cinematic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation. 

This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.
@AubreyHi
@jonHLYP
@coreyhedden

Executive Director, Bedrosian Center on Governance Aubrey Hicks is the Executive Director at the Bedrosian Center, where she overseas day-to-day operations, including content management and podcast production for the Center. Prior to joining the Bedrosian Center, Aubrey served as the Program Coordinator at The POGIL Project, a national professional development organization for educators. She also served as an academic reference librarian at Moravian College and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work as a librarian led her to publishing: she worked in marketing and journal administration at Elsevier Science and Cornell University Press, and briefly served as Managing Editor for the Journal of Public Policy. She holds a degree in English from Moravian College and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Jonathan Schwartz Jonathan Schwartz has spent over 10 years in the corporate video space with a specialization in production and marketing to fully realize, protect, and enhance a company’s brand through video. Projects that Jonathan has produced/directed have been featured in national marketing campaigns - distributed both on the web and broadcast television. Jonathan also has an extensive technical background which he leverages to build state of the art and award winning digital delivery systems. Currently, Jonathan is the Director of Video Productions and Operations at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy where he has designed and implemented cost-effective streaming and video solutions/workflows which has allowed the University to reduce costs and bring production in-house. Jonathan came to USC from Celebrity Cruises, where he designed and implemented their on-board closed circuit IP-TV station / delivery system for their Solstice Class of ships. Jonathan also has a passion for the narrative space, and produces / directs short films that are often featured in film festivals around the country. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California - School of Cinematic Arts.