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Spellbinding: The Cinematic Virtuosity of Barry Jenkins (Discussion: “Underground Railroad”)
October 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Department of English and Comparative Literature will host “Spellbinding: The Cinematic Virtuosity of Barry Jenkins,” a discussion of Underground Railroad episodes. Across his three feature films to date (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk), Barry Jenkins has devised a new cinematic vocabulary for the portrayal of Black experience in the United States. With sumptuous imagery and hypnotic soundscapes, Jenkins has embraced aesthetic beauty as a strategy for addressing the past and present injustices that bear on the lives of marginalized characters. His 2021 miniseries, The Underground Railroad, is adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. A haunting, atmospheric account of two runaway slaves in the Antebellum South, the series is Jenkins’ most daring directorial work yet.
The discussion will take place with editor Joi McMillon, cinematographer James Laxton and supervising sound editor Onnalee Blank.
Join for a conversation about how these artists work together to make such intensely affecting sounds and images, saturated with emotion and keyed to social consciousness.
First virtual screening: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 8–10 p.m.
“Chapter 1: Georgia” and “Chapter 2: South Carolina”REGISTER HERE
Second virtual screening: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 8–10 p.m.
“Chapter 8: Indiana Autumn” and “Chapter 9: Indiana Winter”REGISTER HERE