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’s second feature film, Moonlight, won dozens of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. Jenkins and co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney also won Best Adapted Screenplay. Overall, the film received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Director. Additional accolades include, Best Picture at the Golden Globes, Best Picture and Director at the Gotham Awards and Best International Film by the British Independent Film Awards. Jenkins is the recipient of a DGA Best Director nomination and a WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Jenkins’s follow-up, If Beale Street Could Talk, the adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel was released to critical acclaim and garnered numerous accolades, including Best Supporting Actress wins for Regina King at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Jenkins received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film won Best Feature and Jenkins won Best Director at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards.
Upcoming projects include an adaptation of National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad for Amazon to premiere on the platform in 2021. Jenkins was recently tapped to helm The Lion King follow up for Disney.
Jenkins, who currently resides in Los Angeles, is a curator at the Telluride Film Festival and a United States Artists Smith Fellow.