Academy Award winner BARRY JENKINS was born and raised in Miami, FL. A
Florida State University graduate, Jenkins’ feature film debut, MEDICINE FOR
MELANCHOLY, was hailed as one of the best films of 2009 by The New York
Times and received several Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations.
Jenkins along with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney received an Academy
Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his second feature MOONLIGHT, which
won Best Picture at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes (Drama). As well as
earning eight Academy Award nominations, ten Broadcast Critics Choice Awards
nominations, six Golden Globe nominations and four BAFTA nominations,
MOONLIGHT won Best Picture and Director at the Gotham Awards and Best
International Film by the British Independent Film Awards. In addition to NYFCC
and NBR awarding Jenkins Best Director and LAFCA naming him Best Director
and the film Best Picture, Jenkins is the recipient of a DGA Best Director
nomination and the winner of the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Most recently, Jenkins directed an episode of the Netflix Original Series DEAR
Upcoming projects include an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel IF BEALE
STREET COULD TALK, which he will direct in October and an adaptation of the
Pulitzer Prize winning novel THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson
Whitehead for television, which he will pen and direct. He’s also writing a script
for a coming of age drama based on the life of the first American Female Olympic
boxing champ Clarissa “T-Rex” Shields.
Jenkins, who currently resides in Los Angeles, is a curator at the Telluride Film
Festival and a United States Artists Smith Fellow.
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