Barry Jenkins’ talents as a director were very much apparent before he ever made his Oscar-winning film “Moonlight.”
Now that Barry Jenkins has an Oscar under his belt, many of those who rallied behind Best Picture winner Moonlight can’t wait to see what he has for us in the future. However, Jenkins was an incredibly talented director long before he made the film that made him famous. With much of his cinematic visual style stitched into his previous work, fans and students of film would do well to explore his short films, including Medicine for Melancholy and My Josephine. You can start by checking out this Fandor video essay by Haroon Adalat, which reveals the many stylistic similarities between Moonlight and Jenkins’ early work.
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