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How ‘Underground Railroad’ Editor Joi McMillon Approached the Nuanced Performances in the TV Adaptation. Joi McMillon — the first Black woman to earn an Oscar nomination in film editing (alongside fellow editor Nat Sanders for Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight) — recently reteamed with her Florida…. TV News. 2 days ago. By.

Barry Jenkins Says He’s A “Fanboy” Of ‘The Knick’ & Is Still Working On The Spinoff With André Holland

Back in September, we were able to exclusively report that Steven Soderbergh has more ideas for “The Knick” and that he’s working with Barry Jenkins and actor André Holland to bring those to life. A little while later, Soderbergh spoke about what those plans might be and what the future of “The Knick” was originally going to look like. Months later, we have yet to get an official announcement about the project going forward. However, in a recent interview, Barry Jenkins confirms that he’s still involved and the project is still in active development.
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Barry Jenkins Honors the Legacy of His Ancestors in Moving Epic

At a time of unprecedented interest in sorting out America’s tortured racial past, Amazon Prime Video’s “The Underground Railroad” offers a unique contribution to the conversation. The adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller tells the saga of Cora, a runaway, and her dogged pursuer, bounty hunter Arnold Ridgeway, through...

Barry Jenkins Hasn’t Let Go Of ‘Underground Railroad’ Yet [Interview]

Barry Jenkins spent four years of his life bringing Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad” to the screen. In point of fact, he began working on the adaption before his Best Picture-winning, landmark drama “Moonlight” had even premiered at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival. He made another impressive film in the interim, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but was always shepherding “Underground” on the side, a project that morphed into a 10-episode Amazon Studios mini-series that became his sole focus in 2019 and 2020. And if you’ve seen it (and if not, what’s wrong with you?), it’s clear Jenkins overcame the pressure of living up to high expectations to craft something truly masterful.

‘The Underground Railroad’ Review: Barry Jenkins triumphs with his adaption of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel

As dazzling as it is heartbreaking, The Underground Railroad, directed by the astounding Barry Jenkins, is not your ordinary history lesson. Jenkins crafts a spellbinding world plagued by the horrific past of America as his titular character Cora (Thuso Mbedu) navigates her way through the historical underground railroad. Immediately from the first shot to the dreamlike sequence that follows, the show resembles an artistic vision similar to the auteur brought about by Jordan Peele in his masterpiece, Get Out. This approach is then carried on throughout the ten-chapter episodic rollercoaster that is The Underground Railroad.
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How ‘The Underground Railroad’ cinematographer James Laxton and director Barry Jenkins subverted expectations for the Amazon series [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

When longtime friends and collaborators Barry Jenkins and James Laxton — the director-cinematographer pairing behind “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” — first discussed their new Amazon Prime Video series “The Underground Railroad,” there was one part of the project that was non-negotiable. Namely, how to avoid reveling in the violence brought against the slaves at the focus of Colson Whitehead’s narrative story.

How a Suggestion From Ta-Nehisi Coates Inspired Barry Jenkins to Write ‘Moonlight’

On May 10, Amazon Prime Video in partnership with Film at Lincoln Center and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted a private virtual event in support of the streamer’s new series The Underground Railroad. It featured Oscar winner Barry Jenkins and his star Thuso Mbedu in a conversation moderated by best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who ended the 60-minute chat with niceties that typically close such an event.
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How Barry Jenkins Sought To Recontextualize The Genocide Of Slavery With The Power Of Parable In ‘The Underground Railroad’

Barry Jenkins turns to television for his latest project, a 10-part adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, Starring Thuso Mbedu, which hit Amazon Prime Video last week. It’s his most ambitious project yet, set on a grander canvas and with much greater emotional stakes than anything he’s tackled before. But, as he explains to Joe Utichi—with a few mild spoilers at the start—it’s no less deeply personal, in his quest to recontextualize the struggle of his ancestors.

'Underground Railroad': Barry Jenkins on Mabel's Story, Cutting Finale Scene That Was 'Too Beautiful' to Keep

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for "The Underground Railroad" finale) Barry Jenkins does not reveal until the final episode of his Amazon Prime Video limited series "The Underground Railroad" the story of Mabel (Sheila Atim), Cora's (Thuso Mbedu) mother whom Cora has always believed abandoned her on the Georgia plantation they were enslaved on to escape to freedom without her little girl. Once viewers do reach the finale, aptly titled "Mabel," they learn that Cora is deeply mistaken about what really happened, though Jenkins lays the groundwork for you to make that discovery in the show's very first episode.

‘The Underground Railroad’ Proves Barry Jenkins is a Master of Using Sound in Storytelling

Barry Jenkins‘ new Amazon series The Underground Railroad is a profound visual epic. Based on novelist Colson Whitehead’s modern masterpiece and clocking in at about 600 minutes long, it’s a tour de force from a rising genius in the film world. Jenkins has already conquered traditional cinema with such tender films as Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, but The Underground Railroad challenges the artist further. Story-wise, it is a leviathan, pulling its heroine Cora (Thuso Mbedu) through a harrowing odyssey across a stormy sea of misadventure. Jenkins uses his command of visual language to immerse us in Cora’s journey, but he also uses sound. Whether it’s the way he leans into the sharp, violent bang of a bullwhip or lets Nicholas Britell’s score subtly ratchet up tension, The Underground Railroad proves that Barry Jenkins isn’t just a genius at visual storytelling, but deploying sound, as well.

Even Barry Jenkins Was Terrified of The Underground Railroad's Homer

[Warning: The following contains spoilers from the final episode of The Underground Railroad. Read at your own risk!]. There are a lot of difficult characters in The Underground Railroad, the limited series helmed by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins and adapted from Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. There are cruel plantation owners, haunted slave catchers, and bigoted religious zealots making Cora's (Thuso Mbedu) path to freedom fraught with horror and anguish, but perhaps the most terrifying person standing in the way of Cora's freedom throughout the series is a 10-year old boy named Homer.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Barry Jenkins

The last few years of Barry Jenkins’ career have been a dream come true for the talented writer, director, and producer. He initially gained widespread recognition for the 2016 film Moonlight which went on to win three Academy Awards. Barry didn’t just stop there, though. In 2017, he brought his talents to the small screen as the director of the Netflix series Dear White People. Now, he’s back in the TV world again with the new Amazon Prime series, The Underground Railroad. Although some people are tired of watching movies and shows that depict traumatic Black experiences, Jenkins has a reputation for handling sensitive subjects with care. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Barry Jenkins.

Barry Jenkins on The Underground Railroad: 'This show damn near killed me'

When Barry Jenkins' second feature film Moonlight won big at the 2017 Oscars, many thought of it as a sea change for not just the awards show, but for films centered on Black people. For too long, most projects considered prestige and starring Black actors mined from the most painful parts of Black history, but here was this modern queer love story between young Black men that finally captured the attention of the mostly white, mostly male institution. Wouldn't Jenkins' next announced project being something involving American chattel slavery feel like a regression to some?
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Barry Jenkins on his unflinching epic ‘Underground Railroad’

When Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins was considering adapting Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Underground Railroad into a limited series, he kept hearing the same thing: Impossible. It would be emotionally and mentally draining, Jenkins knew. And he questioned the ethics of such a production: Do people really need...