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The Creators of Moonlight
Director and writer Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell McCraney talk about their movie Moonlight, which is fiction, but draws on the lives of Jenkins and McCraney. Moonlight, has been nominated for 8 Academy Awards including, Best Picture, Direction, and Adapted screenplay. It's the story of an African American boy growing up in a housing project in Miami, who's bullied for being effeminate. His mother is a crack addict. As time goes by he grows more aware of and confused by his homosexuality. Jenkins adapted Moonlight, from a play by Tarell McCraney. McCraney was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013. Hes been an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theater, and International Writer in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Both McCraney and Jenkins grew up in the housing project where the movie Moonlight, is set. This is a rebroadcast from October 19th, 2016.
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