Medicine For Melancholy Directed
USA / 2008 / 90minutes
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II
As an accidental one-night stand turns into a short-lived, day-after affair, two San Franciscans struggle to find their personal identities in a city where the reputation for progressive thought stands in stark contradiction to massive, brutal gentrification. Writer/director Barry Jenkins' debut feature unfolds a touching yet unconventional romance about two lost souls struggling to navigate their love/hate relationships with each other and the city in which they live.
Micah and Jo' wander the streets of San Francisco, getting to know each other while reflecting on what it means to be African American in their modern-day hometown. Shot in gorgeous pseudo-black and white tones (with the color drained to 7%, the percentage of San Francisco that is Black) and featuring a script that is as hilarious as it is insightful, "Medicine For Melancholy" firmly plants its flag as one of the most entertaining and original debuts of the year. (Mike Lerman)
Barry Jenkins is a filmmaker born and raised in Miami's inner city. 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. Barry currently resides in San Francisco, working for the rent check by day and writing, writing and writing by night. He is the writer/director of the short films "My Josephine" and "Little Brown Boy."
MAIN CREDITS: Cast/Featuring: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins
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