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Barry Jenkins        

Writer & Director of the Academy Award-Winning "Moonlight"

Barry Jenkins is a writer, director, and producer who is best known for his widely acclaimed film Moonlight, which he co-wrote and directed. The film took the award for Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and Jenkins received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, among many others. Jenkins also directed the Academy Award nominated film If Beale Street Could Talk.

He is also known for his work in television. Jenkins directed an episode of the Netflix series "Dear White People" in 2017. In 2021, he directed the Amazon Video limited series "The Underground Railroad" based on the novel of the same name, receiving a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie nomination.

Jenkins was named one of TIME magazine's "Most Influential People" of 2017 and Fast Company's "Most Creative People" of 2017. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in film. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jenkins is a curator at the Telluride Film Festival and a United States Artists Smith Fellow.


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