Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo, Stephen Henderson and Denzel Washington attend Fences Atlanta ScreeningWe are just 17 days away from the Christmas Day opening of Fences.

On Wednesday night, the stars of the film made their way to Atlanta for a special red carpet screening with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Denzel Washington, who directed and stars as Troy Maxson in the film adaptation of the August Wilson play, was accompanied by his beautiful wife Pauletta.

Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Jovan Adepo were also in attendance, snapping photos on the red carpet, and giving the media the scoop on the film.

Viola Davis, who stars opposite of Denzel as Rose Maxson, was unable to attend and she was sorely missed.

The special screening also brought out Mayor Kasim Reed and rapper and actor Ludacris, who was accompanied by his wife, Eudoxie.

When Jovan spoke with ICC, he encouraged moviegoers to get out to see Fences on Christmas Day because the film is about family.

It’s about family and I think everyone who sees this movie will be able to connect with somebody in the story and be able to understand them without judging them. I think that’s an important aspect about family that we should all be able to handle especially during the holidays.

When asked what moviegoers will take away from the film, Denzel Washington admitted he doesn’t know.

I don’t know. It depends on what they come there with. I wouldn’t dare suggest what I think you should get from August Wilson. August Wilson is a genius. I’m just the guy who put this genius up on the screen.

His writing is so wide, so deep, and so rich…it’s impossible to know what you’ll get from it.

See pics from the Fences screening and watch the official trailer on page 2.