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 along with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his second feature Moonlight, which won Best Picture at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes (Drama). As well as earning eight Academy Award nominations, ten Broadcast Critics Choice Awards nominations, six Golden Globe nominations and four BAFTA nominations, Moonlight won 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 the winner of the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was also named one of TIME magazine’s “Most Influential People” of 2017 and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” of 2017.
Most recently, Jenkins directed an episode of the Netflix Original Series Dear White People.
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.
Jenkins, who currently resides in Los Angeles, is a curator at the Telluride Film Festival and a United States Artists Smith Fellow.
"The audience was extremely receptive to Barry and the event as a whole. Particularly as an FSU alum, he was very inspiring and a great presence. I also attended his private Q&A with film school students, and that featured a ton of more specified advice that I found valuable. The main lecture event was more general, but no less special. Students loved it!"- Florida State University
"I just wanted to thank you all for all your help for our event with Barry Jenkins - the show was standing room only, Barry was great to work with and amazing on stage and students really left both informed and inspired."- Northwestern University