Academy Screenings 2016
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Monday, December 26, 2016 | 8:15 PM
Wheeler Opera House
320 E Hyman, Aspen, CO 81611


One of the most highly acclaimed films of the year is an emotionally potent, impeccably crafted exploration of African-American masculinity and self-discovery, a second feature from director Barry Jenkins. Featuring a trio of gifted actors (Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) inhabiting a single character during three phases of his life, Moonlight tells the story of one young man’s coming-of-age in a tough Miami neighborhood. As Chiron grows from an uncertain and tentative boy into a bullied teenager grappling with his sexuality and finally into a grown man, Jenkins skillfully shows through three distinct chapters a life in full, revealing how the powerful moments in each of our lives coalesce to shape our identities and define our fates. Other notable performances include Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, Luke Cage), and Naomie Harris (Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Spectre). (USA, 2016)


Director: Barry Jenkins
Screenwriters: Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney
Cinematographer: James Laxton
With: Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali


Run Time: 1 hr 51 min