Film Crew Takes Pittsburgh Back To The 1950s For Adaptation of August Wilson's 'Fences'

Jun 3, 2016

Film crews are turning back the clock to reflect the Steel City of 1957.

The old cars and vintage clothing come courtesy of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning "Fences," starring the play's Broadway duo, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

Though based on events that occurred in the Hill District, the Paramount film has been on location in neighborhoods across the city, including Pittsburgh's West End early Friday.

Washington plays a former baseball player who never made it to the major leagues and struggles to provide for his family as a trash collector. The play is one of 10 in a series Wilson wrote about black life in the early 20th century.

There have been several local casting calls for extras, especially child actors for an upcoming shoot to play little league players and marching band members. 

Washington also shot Unstoppable, a 2010 film about a runaway freight train, in Pittsburgh.