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Watch Barry Jenkins’ ("Medicine For Melancholy") First Short Film - "My Josephine"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 13, 2012 at 1:38PM

A Friday flashback...
Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins Barry Jenkins

A Friday flashback...

While we wait anxiously for what this young man has in store for us next... a flashback to the film that kind of started it all.

In Barry's own words on the film:

"My first short film, photography by James Laxton, as always. Still my favorite. Written shortly after 9/11, wasn't actually made for another year because of the way things shook out in school. Inspired by three things: the marquee of a Tallahassee laundromat shortly after 9/11 reading "American Flags Cleaned Free," an image in my head of two people sitting atop folding tables, and my housemate at the time being obsessed with Napoleon. We were very young men when we made this film."

This was made in 2003; and 5 years later, his feature film directorial debut, the criticall-acclaimed drama Medicine For Melancholy, made premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2008.

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