Cinematique plans special screening of ‘Moonlight’

Cafe Cinematique International will celebrate Black History Month by hosting a special screening of of the 2018 Best Picture Oscar winner along with a guided discussion by Leroy Meadows.

The screening will be at Cinematique of Daytona on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

After a Golden Globes win for best motion picture – drama, “Moonlight’’ went on to win the Academy Award for best picture in 2018. From a total of eight nominations, the film secured best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali and best-adapted screenplay for writer/director Barry Jenkins and author Tarell Alvin McCraney.

It was the first film with an all-Black cast, the first LGBTQ film, and the secondlowest-grossing film domestically (behind “The Hurt Locker’’) to win the Oscar for best picture.

The film’s editor, Joi McMillon, became the first Black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar (alongside co-editor Nat Sanders), and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.

‘Moonlight’ discussion

In a guided follow-up discussion of “Moonlight,’’ former university professor Leroy Meadows will explore points that address the flavor of the Miami scene in comparison to other urban movie settings, universality and timing of the homosexual theme, and how character and story development effects audience response.

Meadows received his M.F.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California at Long Beach. He was a winner of the Second Annual Minority Screenwriters Outstanding Screenplay Award and has produced a number of plays.

Cinematique is located at 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

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