Barry Jenkins, the Hollywood filmmaker is one of the hottest faces in the industry these days. Is the 37-year-old African American single and ready to mingle or is he off the market?
Jenkins was born in Miami in 1979; he grew up in a Miami ghetto, the son of a crack-addicted mother.
He played high school football at Miami Northwestern Senior High School and later studied later studied film at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Currently based in California, Jenkins was named one of their “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
Some of his projects include the shorts Tall Enough and A Young Couple.
His most recent project, Moonlight received dozens of accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Drama.
The film also received three wins and six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins.
According to experts, with Moonlight, Jenkins has gone from a talented amateur to a professional filmmaker of stature.
While in Los Angeles Jenkins worked for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, where he was an assistant to Darnell Martin, who was then directing the television film Their Eyes Were Watching God.
He later made the move to San Francisco, it was there he saw a chance of a filmmaking career for himself.
After working odd jobs like a stint at Banana Republic, Jenkins was on his way—but mostly to a career shooting commercials, and developing scripts that for one reason or another, never became his next feature, until his film debut, Medicine for Melancholy, was released in theaters by IFC Films and hailed as one of the best films of 2009 by A.O. Scott of The New York Times.
The award-winning writer and director is apparently single. He revealed during an interview he moved to San Francisco ‘for love.’ The relationship didn’t last and eventually his lady love dumped him.
Jenkins’ next project might want to take a more personal turn. Do you see him getting married soon? Is there someone especial in his life? We’ll find out soon enough.
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