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A Star in Moonlight

Written by Fuse Staff
3/29/2017

Jharrel Jerome (left) and Ashton Sanders. Photo by David Brownfriend, Courtesy of A24.

While the film Moonlight was generating Oscar buzz last fall, one of its featured actors was studying for finals at Ithaca College. Jharrel Jerome ’19 made his motion picture debut in the comingof-age film about a young man named Chiron who is struggling with his sexual identity while growing up in Miami. Jerome plays Chiron’s friend, Kevin, who also struggles with his identity. The film, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, is broken into three parts, and Jerome plays Kevin in his teen years. Moonlight scooped up awards throughout the year and was nominated for six Golden Globe awards, including best drama, best director, and best screenplay.



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