15 Things You Didn't Know About Barry Jenkins

15 Things You Didn't Know About Barry Jenkins

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.

Published May 8, 2017

  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

    Some boys are braver than others (and talented as hell!)

    A post shared by Barry Jenkins (@bandrybarry) on

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

    #tbt 😂😂😂

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  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.
    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27:  Director Barry Jenkins attends the premiere of "Dear White People" at Downtown Independent on April 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
  5. 'Die Hard' and 'Toy Story' were his favorite films
    (Photo: Disney/Pixar)
  6. Jenkins made his first feature 'Medicine for Melancholy' in just two weeks for only $13,000

    Blue

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  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

    Last time I ever grew out my hair. Happy holidays folks!?

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

    Old school: more muscle, less neck

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  9. Jenkins does not storyboard, instead he opts for straightforward shot lists
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Director Barry Jenkins poses in the press room at the 89th annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by 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
    US director Barry Jenkins poses during the press day of his movie Moonlight at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on January 25, 2017. 
Barry Jenkins is nominated for the best director Oscar which will he handed out on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles for his movie 'Moonlight'.  / AFP / ANP / Marten van Dijl / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read 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)
  12. Jenkins is writing a script based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel ‘The Underground Railroad’
    (Photo: Random House Large Print)
  13. Jenkins's film 'Moonlight' was nominated for eight Academy Awards
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    (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'
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (L) and writer/director Barry Jenkins, winners of Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Moonlight', pose in the press room at the 89th annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by 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.'
    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Director Barry Jenkins attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by 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.

Written by Naiquan Greene

(Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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