Writer & Director, "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…
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 was named one of TIME magazine’s “Most Influential People” of 2017 and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” of 2017.
Jenkin’s feature film debut was an independent romantic drama, “Medicine for Melancholy,” which was hailed as one of the best films of 2008 by The New York Times and received several Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations.
It was eight years before Jenkins released his second film, “Moonlight,” a drama set in his hometown of Miami, which was immediately hailed by critics as one of the best films of the year. Indeed “Moonlight” went on to win Best Picture at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes, and Jenkins, along with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film earned a total of eight Academy Award nominations, six Golden Globe nominations, ten Broadcast Critics Choice Awards nominations, and four BAFTA nominations, as well as Best Picture and Director at the Gotham Awards and Best International Film by the British Independent Film Awards. Jenkins was also awarded the NYFCC and NBR Best Director Award, Best Director by LAFCA, a DGA Best Director nomination, and the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
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. In addition, he will direct a biopic about iconic choreographer Alvin Ailey.
Barry Jenkins 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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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
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SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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