Since its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” has garnered widespread critical acclaim and has grossed over $3 million. The film follows the life of Chiron from childhood to early adulthood as he struggles with his environment and his budding sexuality. Though its performances and Jenkins’ direction have received much attention, the film’s score and soundtrack are worthy of notice as well. Watch a montage below from A24 featuring clips from “Moonlight” and a selection of songs from the film, including “Classic Man” by Jidenna (feat. Roman GianArthur), “Boris Gardiner’s “Every N****r is a Star” and Goodie Mob’s “Cell Therapy.”
The film is Barry Jenkins’ second feature. His feature film was “Medicine for Melancholy” in 2008, starring Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins as two people who spend a day together after a drunken one-night stand. His upcoming projects include a limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad” and a screenplay for a coming-of-age drama based on the life of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, the first two-time Olympic boxing champ from America.
After its premiere at Telluride, “Moonlight” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival among others. It entered limited release on October 21 and is playing nationwide now.