Barry Jenkins
David Bornfriend
United States
2019

PASTEL

Barry
Jenkins

Film Director

Jenkins has been making good use of the status he gained from 2016’s “Moonlight” — which introduced him to the world and won three Oscars including best picture — eschewing mainstream cash-ins and seeking out socially conscious projects. His writing and directing adaptation of the James Baldwin novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” earned Regina King an Oscar for best supporting actress and Jenkins a nod for screenplay. Since then, he’s signed on to exec produce and direct all 11 episodes of the Amazon series “The Underground Railroad” and helm a biopic of choreographer Alvin Ailey for Fox Searchlight. He’s also producing and scripting Universal’s “Flint Strong,” about the first woman to win Olympic gold in boxing, which will mark the directorial debut of “Black Panther” cinematographer Rachel Morrison.

Career

  • MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY
  • MOONLIGHT
  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Education

  • Florida State University (FL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
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Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic

Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic

"Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins will direct a biopic about iconic choreographer Alvin Ailey.Fox Searchlight first announced the project in March 2018, saying it had the support of the Ailey Organization. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is producing with Susan Lewis through her AK Worldwide production company, along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners. The untitled project is a co-production between AK Worldwide, iDeal Partners and Jenkins' Pastel. Jenkins will be an executive producer alongside Jana Edelbaum and...

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