NYSCA is proud to support organizations that foster the work of today’s top talent, including recent Academy Award winners Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, and Tarell Alvin McCraney of “Moonlight.”
Moonlight, the Best Picture winner Sunday night, was developed through the Independent Filmmaker Project’s IFP Film Week. When the film was in an early development stage, it was showcased in IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market. There, director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski met with funders, distributors, and sales agents including A24, who ultimately distributed the film. (IFP Film Week includes meetings, screenings, talks, meet ups, exhibitions, and tours). NYSCA provides General Operating Support for IFP to carry out its activities, including IFP week, through our Electronic Media & Film Program.
Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won the Oscar for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for Moonlight in collaboration with director Barry Jenkins, is Resident Artist at the Public Theater, which recently staged his play “Head of Passes” with Phylicia Rashad. NYSCA provides General Operating Support to the Public Theater through our Theatre Program and also supports the Under the Radar Festival, which showcases new work, through our Presenting Program. McCraney’s play “The Brothers Size” appeared at Under the Radar in 2007 and as part of the regular season in 2009 as part of the trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays.”
“Moonlight” received 8 Oscar nominations and won 3 awards, also including Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali.