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Academy award-winner Barry Jenkins to speak at University of Redlands

Award-winning writer and director Barry Jenkins, known for “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” will discuss his extensive and diverse career at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Orton Center on the University of Redlands main campus. This event is open to the public, but tickets are required and can be purchased online at redlands.edu/events/barryjenkins. Ticket holders are also welcome to attend a free screening of “Moonlight” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, also in Orton Center.

In the moderated discussion, Jenkins will answer questions suggested by students, faculty, and staff across campus, curated by the leadership team of the Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR), which is sponsoring the event.  

Jenkins co-wrote and directed “Moonlight,” the story of a young black man coming of age and struggling to define himself, which earned the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2017. Jenkins is the first African-American filmmaker in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for best director, film, and screenplay. “Moonlight” also won Best Picture at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.

Jenkins, who was named one of TIME magazine’s “Most Influential People” of 2017, was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and for a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture, Drama, and other honors for “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018). Some of his newest work includes directing an episode of the Netflix original series “Dear White People,” and writing and directing a television adaptation of National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.”