Mr Andrew Hevia, co-producer of the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight, and the 2015 Fulbright research scholar at the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA), HKBU, was invited by the US Consulate General to speak on “From Medicine to Moonlight”

at HKBU on 29 March. At the lecture he discussed how the short film Chlorophyl, that he produced, and the scrappy, DIY Borscht Film Festival that he co-founded, paved the way for the short film Medicine for Melancholy and, later, Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins.

The film Moonlight won three Academy Awards at the 2017 Oscars, namely Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film was named Best Drama at the Golden Globes and has won over 100 different awards from critics, festivals and special interest groups across the globe.

Mr Hevia began a one-year study in the capacity of Fulbright research scholar at the Academy in September 2015. Dr Emma Watts, Assistant Professor at AVA, was his sponsor supervisor during his stay in Hong Kong. Mr Hevia produced a feature-length documentary about Art Basel Hong Kong and its impact on the local art community.

The lecture was jointly organised by the Academy of Visual Arts and the Academy of Film of the School of Communication.