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ASHTON SANDERS (Gabriel) most recently garnered acclaim for his performance as Chiron, a Miami teenager conflicted about his sexuality (in the second of three distinct phases of the character's life), in Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning Best Picture, Moonlight.

Sanders was a junior at DePaul University's prestigious theatre program in Chicago when he first received Jenkins' screenplay adaptation of playwright (and DePaul alum) Tarell Alvin McCraney's drama "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue," in 2015 while a student in a scene study class there.

For his work in Jenkins' film, Sanders won several Cast Ensemble awards (Independent Spirit, Critics Choice, Gotham and Austin Film Critics). Additionally, he shared in a Screen Actors Guild Best Cast Ensemble nomination and also collected two nominations for the Black Reel Award - Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance.

Before winning the role in Moonlight, he auditioned for the film's casting director, who was already familiar with Sanders' previous big screen work in F. Gary Gray's Oscar- nominated Straight Outta Compton and his 2013 movie debut, The Retrieval, Chris Eska's award-winning Civil War drama for which the top-billed Sanders shared in a Best Ensemble Award at the Phoenix Film Festival.

A native of Los Angeles, Sanders began acting as an youngster and graduated from the Los Angeles High School for Performing Arts. His experience includes roles with the Los Angeles Theatre Center, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and the 2016 indie short film, We Home, filmed on location in his hometown.

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