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36 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Barry Jenkins. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Barry Jenkins, often where they are interviewed.

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36 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Barry Jenkins. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Barry Jenkins, often where they are interviewed.

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Moonlight with Barry Jenkins

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Adapted from an unpublished play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight was a mesmerising three-part journey through the young adult life of Chiron, a boy grappling with his identity and sexuality, played by three different actors representing different stages of his adolescence. The movie was the first LGBTQ-themed film to win Best Picture, the first with an all-black cast to win Best Picture, and is regularly voted among the greatest films of the century so far.
Barry wrote Moonlight’s first-draft on a solo trip to Europe, after discovering echoes of his own life in Tarell’s story. Like the playwright, he had grown up in Liberty City, raised by a mother with drug dependency issues. As he explains in our fascinating and at times emotional chat, Barry didn’t know where his life and career were leading before this screenplay spilled out of him on that trip, putting him on a path to Oscars glory.
Here’s Barry – and an incredibly well-behaved puppy he adopted before lockdown – on the origins of Moonlight, the LGBTQ legacy of the film’s success, and why his original ending for the film might have resulted in the actor Alex R. Hibbert being eaten by sharks.
Script Apart is a podcast about the first-draft secrets behind great movies. Each episode, the screenwriter behind a beloved film shares with us their initial screenplay for that movie. We then talk through what changed, what didn’t and why on its journey to the big screen.
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Aug 11 2020 · 1hr 7mins
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Netflix's The Old Guard: Gina Prince-Bythewood and KiKi Layne in Conversation with Barry Jenkins

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Join celebrated director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & BasketballBeyond the Lights) and rising star KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) for a conversation with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins about Prince-Bythewood’s brilliant new Netflix movie The Old Guard. A tough and thoughtful action thriller starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne, The Old Guard is already being hailed by critics as one of the freshest blockbusters of the summer. Be there as Prince-Bythewood and Layne talk to Jenkins about why they wanted to dive into the genre, adapting a film from a comic book, stories from behind the scenes, and more.

Jul 16 2020 · 33mins
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Flash Back Friday with Director Barry Jenkins of Moonlight

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We're starting a new series called Flash Back Friday's because we have a lot of content we want to share with our new listeners ( and maybe new to our regular listeners.) We're starting with Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins in 2016 since we just mentioned him on episode 469. 

2016 Show Notes:

Bitch Talk is pleased to have director Barry Jenkins join the podcast this week. His film Moonlight left Angela and Erin speechless, mesmerized and addicted to the song "Hello Stranger" by Barbara Lewis. Enjoy regular guest co-host Angela Tabora's one-on-one interview with Barry and please head out to see Moonlight when it hits Bay Area theaters on Friday, October 28.


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Jun 27 2020 · 21mins
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Director Barry Jenkins

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Lois Reitzes interviews director Barry Jenkins about the film "If Beale Street Could Talk"; and actor, director and playwright Colman Domingo about his music "Lights Out: Nat King Cole."

Jun 15 2020 · 52mins
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Mar 12 2020 · 1hr 39mins
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James Laxton, ASC on Best Picture winner Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk: working with Barry Jenkins and Kevin Smith, his early career and influences

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James Laxton attended Florida State University film school, where he met fellow student Barry Jenkins. He worked steadily on several small and acclaimed movies before Laxton and Jenkins had breakout success with Moonlight, winning Best Picture in 2017. The two followed up that success with If Beale Street Could Talk, which also won several awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Regina King. James Laxton is currently shooting The Underground Railroad, a limited television series for Amazon directed by Barry Jenkins, which is an adaptation of the Colson Whitehead novel.
Jan 29 2020 · 1hr 24mins
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“The Meaning of” Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) – Ep94

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Welcome to the 94th episode of "The Meaning of" podcast. This week, Andres and RB3 continue their celebration of independent cinema with a look at visionary auteur Barry Jenkins! #TheMeaningOf

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Aug 09 2019 · 1hr 10mins
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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK + ALL IS TRUE | feat. Barry Jenkins & Sir Kenneth Branagh

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On this week's episode of the Curzon Film Podcast we speak to Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins, about his new film, If Beale Street Could Talk, and we discuss All Is True with none other than Sir Kenneth Branagh.

We start with If Beale Street Could Talk. Adapted from the novel by celebrated author, James Baldwin, it follows the romance between Fonny and Tish, two young lovers living in 1970s Harlem, New York. Their love is tested to its limits when Fonny is wrongly imprisoned, and the fight for justice takes a heavy toll on the young couple's lives. Once again taking social realist material and blending it with a poetic eye, Jenkins’ film simply glows off the screen.

Later in the episode we look at Sir Kenneth Branagh’s All Is True, which tells the little known story of Sir William Shakespeare’s humble retirement. Written by Ben Elton and directed by Sir Kenneth, this is a new take on Shakespeare that collects together the cream of British acting talent (including Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench) and is shot with an elegance and beauty, as well as a pitched honesty, that is a tribute to the Bard.

Discussing the films this week are Kelly Powell, Ella Kemp, Jake Cunningham and Steven Ryder

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Feb 07 2019 · 32mins
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Episode 127: Barry Jenkins On The Music Of Moonlight & If Beale Street Could Talk

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Ever since meeting him prior to the release of Moonlight, Edith has been longing to get Barry Jenkins onto Soundtracking. So it's an absolute pleasure to welcome him along ahead of the UK opening of his latest movie - the magnificent If Beale Street Could Talk.

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, it tells the story of a young African-American woman who seeks to clear the name of her imprisoned lover before the birth of their child.

If Beale Street Could Talk has recieved three Oscar nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry and Best Original Score for his composer and former guest on this show, Nicholas Britell.

At Barry's request, Nick's score leans heavily on jazz tropes. We also discuss his excellent taste in needle-drops, from Nina Simone to Al Green and Barbara Lewis.

Feb 04 2019 · 54mins