Introducing #AcrossTheFence: A National Conversation Between Family (Based On August Wilson's Fences)

Across the Fence
Across the Fence

The screen adaptation of August Wilson’s iconic Fences — starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis — comes to movie theaters on Christmas Day, 2016. This is a historic moment, the first major August production on the big screen.


The play (and the movie) of course, centers on a father, a mother, a son, and their extended family; focusing on all the things said and tragically left unsaid. To promote this theme of family healing, I'm working with Paramount Pictures and Values Partnerships on a campaign called #ACROSSTHEFENCE.

Wednesday, November 30th, we're sharing healing messages to loved ones, photo dedications, music and art dedications, and even video interviews with loved ones using #ACROSSTHEFENCE. Today, I'll launch the campaign with a five minute snippet of a conversation I had with my dad.


#AcrossTheFence (Damon's Dad talks about his college coach) from Damon Young on Vimeo.

Check VSB over the next week for more snippets of my #ACROSSTHEFENCE interview with my dad. The full version will be published November 30th, and I hope you'll join us in sharing messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Snapchat with the hashtag #ACROSSTHEFENCE.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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