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Ashton Sanders        

Actor; Best Known for "Moonlight" and "The Retrieval"

Sanders made his film debut in The Retrieval, directed by Chris Eska. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2013. It was released in a limited release on April 2, 2014 by Variance Films.

In 2015, Sanders had a small role in Straight Outta Compton. In 2016, he appeared in an episode of Refinery29's online web series The Skinny.

The same year, Sanders appeared in the drama film Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016, and began a limited release on October 21, 2016 by A24. Moonlight received massive critical acclaim as well dozens of accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Drama. The film also won three Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.

Sanders was studying towards a BFA in Acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University, before recently dropping out to focus on his acting career.


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