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In honor of the last day in black history month ... ✨Black Excellence
Barry Jenkins (born November 19, 1979) is an American film director and writer based in Los Angeles, known for his films Medicine for Melancholy (2008) and Moonlight (2016). ✨He attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School, where he played on the school football team. Jenkins later studied film at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
✨Jenkins's breakout film was Medicine for Melancholy, a low-budget independent feature released in 2008, starring WyattCenac and Tracey Heggins.The film was well received by critics.
✨After the success of his previous film, Jenkins wrote an epic for Focus Features about “Stevie Wonder and time travel” and an adaptation to the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. He later worked as a carpenter and co-founded an advertising company called Strike Anywhere. ✨In 2011, he wrote and directed Remigration, a sci-fi short film about gentrification. Jenkins became a writer for HBO's The Leftovers.
✨Jenkins directed, and co-wrote with Tarell Alvin McCraney, the drama Moonlight, his first feature film in eight years.The film was shot in Miami and premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2016 to vast critical acclaim and awards "buzz." David Sims of The Atlantic wrote: "Like all great films, Moonlight is both specific and sweeping. It’s a story about identity—an intelligent, challenging work."
✨The film has since won dozens of accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Drama and the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards. Jenkins and McCraney won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Overall, the film receivedeight Oscar nominations, including Best Director.
✨His upcoming projects include a series based on Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad and a screenplay based on the life of Claressa Shields.
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