Barry Jenkins
David Bornfriend
United States
2020

PASTEL

Barry
Jenkins

Jenkins hasn’t stopped moving forward with progressive-minded projects in the wake of his back-to-back Oscar-winning successes “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed him down a bit. He was just three days shy of completing the 115-day shoot for the Amazon series “The Underground Railroad” — directing all 11 episodes — when the coronavirus shut down production, and he was less fortunate with Universal’s “Flint Strong,” a biopic about the first woman to win the Olympic gold in boxing that he’s scripting and producing, which had to cease two days into its shoot, pushing most of the production into later 2020 (though both “Flint” and “Railroad” have since wrapped). He’ll be going tentpole with his next project, directing a sequel to Disney’s photorealistic 2019 remake of “The Lion King.”

Career

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

Education

  • Florida State University (FL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
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Barry Jenkins' Pastel Banner Pacts With HBO, HBO Max and A24

Barry Jenkins' Pastel Banner Pacts With HBO, HBO Max and A24

"Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins and his partners in Pastel have set up shop with HBO and HBO Max under a first-look deal that calls for A24 to executive produce all projects with the Pastel trio.Jenkins and Pastel partners Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak had previously been under a first-look pact at Amazon Studios. The new two-year agreement deal allows for A24 to work with Pastel outside of the HBO/HBO Max first-look umbrella as well.Pastel aims to serve as an incubator...

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