Miami-born filmmaker Barry Jenkins has been featured on PBS for his 2008 film Medicine for Melancholy, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and at Miami's own Borscht Film Festival. Although the film is based in San Francisco, Jenkins grew up in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood and was a running back at Northwestern Senior High, a school that has been labeled a "dropout factory" by Johns Hopkins University and where only 21 percent of the students met reading skills standards last year. (Sorta makes us think of the recent photo book I Think I Can, I Think I Can that's dedicated to plants growing in seemingly hostile conditions.)
We hope Jenkins will make a love poem of a movie about his hometown of Miami one of these days. Though in his Medicine for Melancholy, actor Wyatt Cenac (now of The Daily Show fame) says "San Francisco's beautiful. But you shouldn't have to be upper/middle class to be a part of that." Perhaps it is about Miami after all.
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