Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 7:45 PM
Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 13, 2016 11:30 AM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:110 min.
Director:Barry Jenkins
Producer:Adele Romanski
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Screenwriter:Tarell Alvin McCraney
Cinematographer:James Laxton
Editor:Nat Sanders
Joi McMillan
Cast:Mahershala Ali
Naomie Harris
Trevante Rhodes
André Holland
Janelle Monáe
Print Source:A24
Note Writer:Joanne Parsont


DIRECTORS' NIGHT IN MILL VALLEY Writer-director Barry Jenkins’ long-awaited return to the big screen after his critically acclaimed San Francisco-set debut Medicine for Melancholy is also a return to his home state of Florida. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Jenkins’ gritty yet poignant inner city drama presents a young life in three acts. Coming of age in Reagan-era Miami amidst the crack epidemic, young Chiron endures relentless bullying at school and stinging neglect at home. Visibly yearning for a male role model, he continually chases the elusive myth of masculinity while struggling to understand his own sexuality and his place in a harsh, unsympathetic world. Jenkins delivers both intensity and subtlety, supported by an ensemble of powerful performances, including Trevante Rhodes as the adult Chiron along with Naomie Harris (Spectre), André Holland (The Knick), Oakland native Mahershala Ali (House of Cards), and singer Janelle Monáe in her film debut.

Guest in attendance 10/10: Barry Jenkins (director, writer)

Additional Information

Barry Jenkins was born and raised in Miami, FL. After graduating from Florida State University, he relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as an assistant to director Darnell Martin on Harpo Films’ Their Eyes Were Watching God. His feature film debut, Medicine for Melancholy, was released in theaters by IFC Films and hailed as one of the ten best films of 2009 by A.O. Scott of The New York Times. In 2010, Jenkins co-founded the commercial collective Strike Anywhere Films. Moonlight is his second feature film.