Posts Tagged ‘Barry Jenkins’

Decade’s Watch List

December 2, 2009

As 2010 arrives many critics and curators are creating their top 10 lists of the decade. As we enter the decades final months I thought I’d start with my top ten directors to watch whose careers started this decade.

1.  Michelange Quay (EAT FOR THIS IS MY BODY)

2. Serge Bozon (LA FRANCE)


4. Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (A PERFECT DAY, I WANT TO SEE)


6. Anders Edström, C.W. Winter (THE ANCHORAGE)



9. Lisandro Alonso (LA LIBERTAD, LIVERPOOL)



Local Sightings spotlight: The final night!

October 7, 2009

And it’s a good one. Playing tonight: Where You From, Shorts: Experiments in Storytelling and A Natural Selection: Films From Portland.

The Shorts: Experiments in Storytelling program is a “who’s who” of the Seattle filmmaking community, with the addition of San Francisco-based Barry Jenkins, whose one-shot film is included in the line-up tonight. Barry made the short when he was in Seattle earlier this year to present his hugely loved film Medicine For Melancholy. He’s on the Local Sightings jury, and he’ll be here tonight for the program.

(Matthew Brown, Seattle, 2009, 15.5min)
A woman, her garden, and the creatures that live within it.

The Aliens
(Sarah Ricci, Seattle, 2009, 3min)
Using found footage, The Aliens is an adaptation of the poem by poet Charles Bukowski.

(Margaritte Knezek, Olympia, 2009, 11min)
With Super-8 documentation of ancient pagan sites in England and Wales, Animateness is a personal documentary that explores spirituality and the natural world.

(Colin Cooper, Vancouver B.C., 2009, 9min)
A social misfit’s encounter with a prostitute is subjected to a fractured recollection.

Be Your (Most Attractive) Self
(Ricki Mason, Seattle, 2008, 5min)
Five girls in vintage swimsuits do calisthenics, scurry like rodents, and perform Esther Williams inspired canons amongst Christmas lights.

The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack
(Karn Junkinsmith, Shoreline, 2009, 15min)
A love story about a young couple that skateboard and dance in the streets while harassed by a pack of dancing freaks.

Anabel and My Weekend Alone
(Matthew Witschonke, Seattle, 2007, 4min)
As an essay about artistic process, social anxiety, and finding love, Anabel employs many forms of animation including hand-drawn, stop-motion, and pixilation.

(Britta Johnson, Seattle, 2009, 9min)
This stop-motion animated film follows large drops of water as they travel through rocks, ferns, plant roots, microbes and other creatures that naturally clean them.

One Shot Film
(Barry Jenkins, Seattle, 2009, 7min)
The latest in NWFF’s one-shot film project comes from juror Barry Jenkins whose short film quietly and lyrically follows a young girl as she navigates a gas station robbery.

About Where You From (7pm):
A surprising journey into rural American hip-hop, Where You From follows a beat far from the urban streets where the music was born. With dense redwood forests, rocky mountain vistas, and the dramatic rhythms of hip-hop as a backdrop, Where You From enters the lives of three extraordinary individuals as it chronicles their pursuit of acceptance, fame, and even salvation. There’s Franco from Fortuna, California, who hopes to win the top prize at Scribble Jam, the hip-hop competition that helped launch Eminem; Tommy 2 Tone from Livingston, Montana, who is fighting addiction and legal problems as he tries to make his music and become a good father and husband; and Chris from Bozeman, Montana, who is still seeking closure in his relationship with his estranged alcoholic father. Where You From is a visually stunning, provocative portrait of young men confronting small town life, broken families, and drug addiction–ultimately seeking triumph in their music.

See the entire schedule for the last night of Local Sightings here.

Local Sightings opening night film & jurors announced

September 15, 2009

Here’s a few nuggets of Local Sightings news to whet your palate while you wait anxiously for the festival to begin October 2…

First of all, we are pleased to announce that the 2009 Local Sightings Film Festival opening night film will be The Mountain, the River and the Road, directed by Michael Harring.

The Mountain, the River and the Road is the story of Jeff (Justin Rice) is a failing post-college writer whose parents are finally kicking him out of the house. With this in mind, Jeff starts out on a road trip to Austin, TX with his friend, Tom (Joe Swanberg); a final grasp at youthful freedom. Their trip begins to unravel when their beater car busts and Tom’s ex-girlfriend intercepts Tom’s paycheck, forcing him to bus it home to resolve his relationship problems. Jeff decides to stay behind in hopes that he will be struck with inspiration as he avoids the pressures of home. He meets Cat (Tipper Newton), a young attractive woman also at a cross roads in her life, who just happens to work at the front desk of the motel. Everything is in place for a great winter romance between the young couple, but the impending return of Tom, the continuation of the road trip, and the unshakable burden of responsibility hover as a reminder of how fleeting romance can be.

We are also thrilled to welcome our 2009 panel of jurors!

Barry Jenkins is a filmmaker born and raised in Miami’s inner city, and currently living in San Francisco. After completing Bachelor’s degrees in both film and creative writing, he relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a director’s assistant and development associate for Harpo Films. He is the writer/director of the short film My Josephine and the feature film Medicine for Melancholy. Rob Nelson has been a member of the National Society of Film Critics since 1998, and is the recipient of three awards each from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has appeared in Film Comment, Variety, The Village Voice, Mother Jones, and Utne Reader. Nelson teaches film studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is currently at work on a book. Vanessa Renwick returns to the Local Sightings jury for her second year. Founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass, Vanessa is a film and video installation artist currently residing in Portland, Oregon.

The final program is still being decided. Check early next week to see the final slate!

Mountain River Road still

Barry Jenkins at NWFF – image courtesy of Kathy Fennessy

Image from Vanessa Renwick’s short film

Barry Jenkins interview posted

May 18, 2009

Check out the first part of Kathy Fennessy’s interview with director Barry Jenkins while he was in Seattle to present his film Medicine for Melancholy over at SIFFblog.

Watch a Q&A at Northwest Film Forum with Barry here:

Sherman Alexie, Linas Phillips, Barry Jenkins and more

March 6, 2009

There’s lots of new videos up at NWFF’s YouTube channel, including Q&As with Sherman Alexie about THE EXILES, Linas Phillips about GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD and Barry Jenkins about MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY.

Check it out.

Thanks George!

Independent Spirit Award

February 19, 2009

This weekend the awards program to be excited about isn’t the Oscars, its Film Independent’s Independent Spirit Awards. Why you might ask? Well it just so happens that our very own Lynn Shelton is up for the Acura Someone To Watch Award. Coincidentally so is Barry Jenkins director of MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, who will also be at Northwest Film forum on Monday to present this film, which opens tomorrow in our cinemas. Jenkins is also nominated for Best First Feature. MEDICINE’s Director of Photography James Laxton is  nominated for Best Cinematography. Among his competiton is Lol Crawley with BALLAST, also opening tomorrow in our cinemas.

BALLAST has its fair share of nominations with nods to twelve-year-old JimMyron Ross for Best Supporting Actor, Tarra Riggs for Best Female Lead, Lance Hammer for both Best First Screenplay and Best director. And the film is nominated for Best Feature.

The Best Foreign Film category features two upcoming screenings at Northwest Film Forum, Carlos ReygadasSILENT LIGHT (arguably the best film of a generation), and Steve McQueen‘s HUNGER.

Needless to say, there’s a lot we’re rooting for. Good luck to everyone!

Medicine For Melancholy Interview

January 15, 2009

Barry Jenkins, director of the thoughtful San Franciscan feature Medicine For Melancholy, was interviewed by indieWIRE today. We’ll be screening the film in late February.