|Barry Jenkins Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||November 19, 1979|
Barry Jenkins is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer who is best known for writing and directing the films Medicine for Melancholy (2008), Moonlight (2016), and If Beale Street Could Talk (2018). He has also written, directed, and produced 10 episodes of the fantasy historical drama TV series The Underground Railroad (2021). In 2017, he was included in ‘Time 100’, an annual list of the most influential people in the world published by Time magazine.
Miami, Florida, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Barry had attended the Miami Northwestern Senior High School, a public school in his hometown of Miami.
After his high school graduation, he had joined the College of Motion Picture Arts, the film school of the Florida State University, a public research university in Tallahassee, Florida. During his time there, he had taken a year off to improve his technical skills which he felt were inadequate. At the university, he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
- Others – He has 3 older half-siblings.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Barry has dated –
- Lulu Wang (2018-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of African-American descent.
- Slender frame
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Barry Jenkins Facts
- Barry’s father had separated from his mother while she was pregnant owing to a misconception that he was not the father of the baby. He had passed away when Barry was 12 years old. His mother had later become a crack-cocaine addict after which he was primarily raised in Liberty City, in an overcrowded apartment, by a woman who had looked after his mother when she was a teenager.
- During his high school days, he used to participate in multiple sports including American football and track-and-field events.
- At the Florida State University, he had made an acquaintance with many future frequent collaborators, including cinematographer James Laxton, producer Adele Romanski, and editors Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon. Just 4 days after his graduation from the institution, he had moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. He had spent his first 2 years there working on multiple projects as a production assistant.
- After directing his first feature film, Medicine for Melancholy (2008), for which he had won an Independent Spirit Award in the category of ‘Best First Feature’, he had taken an 8-year hiatus from feature filmmaking.
- For directing and co-writing the LGBT-themed independent drama film Moonlight (2016), he had won the ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ award at the 2017 Academy Awards and had also been nominated in the category of ‘Best Director’. He had become just the 4th black person to be nominated for an Academy Award in the category of ‘Best Director’.
- For the film, he had won the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ award at the 2017 Writers Guild of America Awards. He had also been nominated in the category of ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the 2017 BAFTA Awards, ‘Outstanding Directing – Feature Film’ at the 2017 Directors Guild of America Awards, and ‘Best Director’ at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
Featured Image by Barry Jenkins / Instagram