Frank Ocean Writes Foreword for Fancy New “Moonlight” Book

A24 is publishing a "shrine" to the Oscar-winning gay-themed film.

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A24 Films is publishing a set of special companion books for some of its most popular titles. Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean has written the foreword for the book celebrating Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’ Academy Award-winning 2016 drama about a poor black man growing up gay in Florida.

Based on In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play, Moonlight won three Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Picture. It’s the first LGBTQ-themed film and first film with an all-black cast to win Best Picture.

In addition to Ocean’s foreword, A24’s 224-page Moonlight collection also features Jenkins’ complete screenplay, full-color stills, an essay by noted theater critic Hilton Als, and transcribed Oscars acceptance speeches. 

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As part of its literary imprint launch, the boutique distributor will also release books about The Witch and Ex Machina. Each book is described as “a shrine to its respective film… designed to be collected and displayed” by cinephiles.

IndieWire reports that the 2,000 first editions were printed in Europe “using heavy Munken and Garda paper,” and the covers “are debossed with black foil and feature a glossy tip-in image.” These limited-edition coffee table tomes, retailing for $60, will be available September 30 for purchase at A24’s online shop.

Ocean first addressed his sexuality in 2012, recounting on Tumblr a relationship he had with another man when he was 19. While many have pointed to the enigmatic artist’s lyrics as evidence of his bisexuality, he has never publicly labeled himself.

Four years after his celebrated debut, Channel Orange, Ocean released his sophomore album, Blonde, in 2016.

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