Netflix Buys GIVING VOICE, Sundance-Winning Denzel Washington Production
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The worldwide rights to ‘Giving Voice,’ a documentary directed by James D. Stern and Fernando Villena, have been acquired by streaming giant Netflix. The film follows six students competing in the August Wilson Monologue Competition in New York City, the grand prize for which leads them to perform at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.
The renowned competition focuses on August Wilson’s cycle of ten plays that focus on the Black experience in America, and students often gain immense perspective on their own lives during the process. The documentary has garnered critical acclaim and the Sundance Audience Award ever since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. It is produced by Denzel Washington, along with Todd Black and Dany Wolf. The directors of the film are ecstatic that it gets home at Netflix.
Stern has previously directed the documentaries Every Little Step, American Chaos, Sport in America, The Year of the Yao, … So Goes the Nation and Michael Jordan to the Max. Among the 45 films he has produced are Looper, An Education, Side Effects, I’m Not There, Snowden, The Old Man & the Gun, Murder Mystery and Bliss.
Giving Voice is an Endgame Entertainment and Pilgrim Media Group production, in association with Endeavor Content, Impact Partners, Get Lifted Film Co. and JuVee Productions. It will premiere later this year.
Meanwhile, Netflix has also acquired the rights to stream the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts. The film will also premiere in late 2020.