Medicine For Melancholy

2008 | 88 minutes | NR | IMDb

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Cinematography by James Laxton

Starring Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins & Elizabeth Acker

Premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival

New York Times review | Village Voice review | SF Gate review


Two African-American twenty-somethings, Micah and Jo, wake up in bed together having no recollection of how they arrived there. From the appearance of things it's clear they've had sex. Realizing neither knows the other's name they introduce themselves over coffee, share a cab, and part ways. Hours later, however, Micah shows up at Jo's apartment to return the purse she had left on the backseat of the cab. Soon a connection is born. (TCM)


- Associate-Produced by actress Amy Seimetz (Open Five, Tiny Furniture, Gabi on the Roof in July, Alexander the Last)

Filmed in San Francisco, California

Shot on the Panasonic HVX200

"We had this Panasonic HVX, but we had a lens adapter that allowed us to take these really old Nikon Still SLR lenses and put them on the front of the camera. I think that softens the image. It doesn't make it look like film, but it doesn't make it look like HD. It gives it a very unique, specific look."
-- Barry Jenkins

Budget: $15,000


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