Book + Film Club February: Black Lens – Fences

Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.

Denzel Washington

Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. At the end of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. Each session is $35 and the includes book, film screening, and discussion. Buy 3 or more months at once and get 10% off your registration by using code ‘3ormore' at checkout!

Registration Deadline to have books mailed: Friday, February 2nd. Books will be mailed within 72 hours of this date.

Registration Deadline to have books picked up: Monday, February 12th. Books can be picked up from our Box Office during our regular operating hours Thursday – Sunday from 2pm til Close. You will receive an email when your book is ready to be picked up.

This is a also a public screening as part of Sidewalk’s Black Lens Film week, but a private discussion for Book and Film Club members will take place after the film.

Book: Fences by August Wilson

Troy Maxson is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be to survive. Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But the 1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s, a spirit that is changing the world Troy Maxson has learned to deal with the only way he can, a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less. This is a modern classic, a book that deals with the impossibly difficult themes of race in America, set during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.

Film: Fences (2016) Dir. Denzel Washington

“It’s not an epic story, but it is a story told epically. It’s one of the creaks and cracks and tiny hairline fractures that deepen and expose within a family, almost without notice, until they’re beyond repair. But it’s also one with a singularity of perspective, it being that of a working-class African-American family in the 1950s. It’s a narrative that playwright August Wilson — who receives the only screenplay credit — mined beautifully, Fences being one of the ten plays in his ‘Century Cycle’ exploring 100 years of everyday family life in black America. A narrative that arguably has more resonance and relevance than ever.” – Empire



Denzel Washington


Todd Black


Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson


Marcelo Zarvos