The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and the Capri Theater present Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning masterpiece Moonlight, followed by a discussion led by Penumbra regular Kevin D. West. The screening begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7 at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway. Tickets to First Thursday Films are $5; purchase in advance at mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.
Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast that includes Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Oscar-nominee Naomie Harris and Supporting Actor Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, director Barry Jenkins’ staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.
Each First Thursday Films screening at the Capri is followed by a passionate discussion of the movie. For Moonlight we welcome Penumbra regular, actor/director/educator Kevin D. West who recently directed A Soldier’s Play, Fences and The Colored Museum at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Select Penumbra credits include By the way meet Vera Stark, Two Trains Running, Radio Golf and Fences, among many others. West is also the artistic director of the Capri After School Theater (CAST) and a resident teaching artist at PYC Arts & Technology High School.
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul receives additional support for this series from the law firm of Grey Plant Mooty and the Minneapolis Foundation. Capri programs are generously supported by the Best Buy Foundation and Target.