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15 Things You Didn't Know About Barry Jenkins

Bet you didn't know that the "Moonlight" and "Dear White People" director was this complex.
  1. His first experience with storytelling occurred when his third grade teacher made him write and recite his experiences of fishing with his grandma Margaret on the weekends

  2. He didn't really grow up around his mom, but he credits two women for raising him: his grandmothers Minerva and Margaret

  3. He played football and ran track in high school and is a massive football fan

  4. He's a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
  5. 'Die Hard' and 'Toy Story' were his favorite films

    (Photo: Disney/Pixar)
    (Photo: Disney/Pixar)
  6. Jenkins made his first feature 'Medicine for Melancholy' in just two weeks for only $13,000

  7. After graduating from FSU, Jenkins landed his first real-world job as an executive's assistant at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films in Los Angeles

  8. Jenkins grew up in the Liberty Square section of Miami

  9. Jenkins does not storyboard, instead he opts for straightforward shot lists

    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
  10. For Jenkins, filmmaking is all about the process, with his his fave part of the filmmaking process being hands-on production

    (Photo: MARTEN VAN DIJL/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: MARTEN VAN DIJL/AFP/Getty Images)
  11. Jenkins worked as a writer for the HBO series 'The Leftovers'

    (Photo: HBO)
    (Photo: HBO)
  12. Jenkins is writing a script based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel ‘The Underground Railroad’

    (Photo: Random House Large Print)
    (Photo: Random House Large Print)
  13. Jenkins's film 'Moonlight' was nominated for eight Academy Awards

    (Photo: A24)
    (Photo: A24)
  14. The concept for 'Moonlight' was adapted from fellow Florida native and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue'

    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
  15. When Talking About 'Moonlight' in an article written by Telegraph, Jenkins expressed, 'But I have to admit, my process with this film has been very privileged.'

    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)

    Check out the BET Breaks video above to learn more about how Jenkins plans to adapt Colson Whitehead's novel into a series.

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