Academy Award winner 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’ second feature Moonlight was the best reviewed film of 2016 and winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Jenkins, alongside Tarell Alvin McCraney, also won the Academy Award for Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay. As well as earning ten Broadcast Critics Choice Awards nominations, six Golden Globe nominations and four BAFTA nominations, Moonlight won Best Picture (Drama) at the Golden Globes, Best Picture and Director at the Gotham Awards and Best International Film by the British Independent Film Awards. In addition to NYFCC and NBR awarding Jenkins Best Director and LAFCA naming him Best Director and the film Best Picture, Jenkins is the recipient of a DGA Best Director nomination and a WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Upcoming projects include an adaptation of National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad for television, which he will pen and direct. He’s also writing a script for a coming of age drama based on the life of the first American Female Olympic boxing champ Clarissa “T-Rex” Shields.
In 2017, Jenkins was named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch.”
Jenkins, who currently resides in Los Angeles, is a curator at the Telluride Film Festival and a United States Artists Smith Fellow.