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Barry Jenkins & Other TFF Alums Team-up on “If Beale Street Could Talk”

At the 2009 Tallahassee Film Festival we screened Barry Jenkins’ first feature Medicine for Melancholy, and it was clear to us from that moment forward this was a director to watch. After a bit of a wait, the FSU Film School grad then went on to make the critically-acclaimed Moonlight; and at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, he’ll world premiere his latest feature, If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name.

The film stars KiKi Layne (Chicago Med), Stephan James (Selma), Diego Luna (Rogue One, Y tu mama también) and Dave Franco (Neighbors), and will hit theaters later this year. Watch the freshly dropped trailer below.

Beale Street also features the third teaming-up for Jenkins and Editor Nat Sanders and Cinematographer James Laxton. Nat Sanders was also the editor for another one of our past-programming favorites, Short Term 12 and Laxton was cinematographer for Bad Milo, a hilarious midnighter we screened in 2013. Jenkins’ next project in development is The Underground Railroad, a TV series set in the deep south and produced by Plan B Entertainment.

Oh, hey! Our call for entries for the 2019 Tallahassee Film Festival is officially open and we’re excited to see the work coming in from the U.S. and around the globe this year. Learn more about how to submit your film today!

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