“I’m my best self on a film set. You walk on a set and you have no idea. It’s all possible.”
Filmmaker Barry Jenkins may not be a household name, but Moonlight, his Little Picture That Could, certainly is. This tiny, perfect underdog of a movie stole every cinematic heart and mind last year. Debuting at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016, Moonlight garnered scores of accolades and capped its meteoric run with a dramatic Oscar win for Best Picture.
As the man behind Moonlight, Jenkins’s professional dance card exploded. Looking ahead, he is set to write and direct a limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon. This year saw another long-standing dream come true: the chance to bring James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk to the big screen. Jenkins, who has worked closely with the Baldwin estate on the project, wrote the screenplay during the summer of 2013 while also penning Moonlight. The shooting of this love story, set in ’70s Harlem, began last fall in New York.
Tonight Barry Jenkins takes the Spaulding stage to discuss his previous work, the legacy of Moonlight, new projects and his journey as a filmmaker. The program also includes a compilation reel of his films and a few surprises. Please join us for a singular evening with this gifted artist, unabashed movie lover and lovely human being. Approx 100m
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