Barry Jenkins – American Film Institute
Moonlight Film Still

MOONLIGHT (2016) – AFI Movie Club

From writer/director Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT was honored in 2016 with an AFI AWARD, recognizing it as one of the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image – with the official rationale stating that, “MOONLIGHT illuminates the peerless power of cinema to inspire empathy for others and embrace a greater understanding of...
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THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – AFI Movie Club

"THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD emerges from the fog of America’s past as a hauntingly triumphant monument to those who strived to live in a land where 'all men are created equal.' Adapted from the novel by Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins and his extraordinary creative ensemble unlock the powers of both horror and fantasy to paint an...
The Underground Railroad Film Still - Thuso Mbedu and Aaron Pierre

AFI Movie Club: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Discussing THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and the art of adaptation with AFI Conservatory Fellows, director Barry Jenkins continues a long legacy of celebrated artists who have inspired the next generation of storytellers – maintaining the Conservatory’s core tenet that its Fellows “learn from the masters.”  This was Jenkins’ third visit to the AFI Conservatory, having previously...

AFI Movie Club: IF BEALE STEET COULD TALK

Director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Academy Award®-winning MOONLIGHT, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is a lyrical and moving adaptation of author James Baldwin’s 1974 novel – and a masterpiece unto itself, earning an AFI AWARD as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art…

AFI Movie Club: MOONLIGHT

MOONLIGHT, a poetic tour de force, was one of the 2016 AFI AWARD honorees and “illuminates the peerless power of cinema to inspire empathy for others and embrace a greater understanding of ourselves.”    Movie Trivia for MOONLIGHT: –DID YOU KNOW MOONLIGHT is based on an unpublished play written by Tarell Alvin McCraney called “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”?  –DID…
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