barry jenkins on the black gaze

The “Male Gaze” and the “Female Gaze” have been discussed to death in film circles, but what about the “Black Gaze”? That’s something that even Barry Jenkins, Oscar-winning director of Moonlight and the upcoming Amazon series The Underground Railroad, has rarely been asked about, despite the prevalence of Black talent and Black perspectives in his works. And sensing the dearth in that subject, he decided to explore it himself.

In a 40-minute video featuring The Underground Railroad background actors, Jenkins examines what exactly the “Black Gaze” is, and what it means to him and Black audiences. Watch the video below.

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the underground railroad soundtrack

Barry Jenkins has worked with composer Nicholas Britell on Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, and now they’ve reunited for The Underground Railroad. Jenkins directs the Amazon series based on the award-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, and Britell is handling the score – which, like most of his scores, is sure to be gorgeous and breathtaking. There will be multiple Underground Railroad soundtracks released, and the first – Volume 1 – is arriving next week. Ahead of that, the first official track from Britell’s score is now online, and you can listen to it below.

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the underground railroad trailer new

The Underground Railroad, the new limited series from director Barry Jenkins that’s based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, has already released several gorgeous teasers. Now, as we get closer to the premiere date, there’s a new trailer, and it once again makes it clear that this is going to be an absolute must-see. Featuring gorgeously lit cinematography via James Laxton, the look of this series alone puts so many other shows to shame. Watch The Underground Railroad trailer below.

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the underground railroad trailer

What if the Underground Railroad wasn’t a metaphor but an actual, physical railroad, complete with engineers, conductors, and secret tracks? That’s the premise of  Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, and the premise of the new Amazon series that adapts it. Moonlight filmmaker Barry Jenkins directs the 10-episode series that looks pretty damn great, and today a new teaser trailer arrived along with the official premiere date.

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Underground Railroad clip

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been hard at work on his television adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad for years, and the highly anticipated series is expected to finally debut on Amazon Prime Video sometime in 2021. But while we wait for an official trailer from the streamer, Jenkins has been sharing a slow drip of clips and mini-teasers himself that are full of footage from the show, and all of them have us even more excited to see what he has up his sleeve here.

Today, Jenkins shared the most propulsive clip yet – a beautiful and stylish montage which plays out entirely in reverse. Check this out.
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the underground railroad teaser new

Barry Jenkins has unveiled another The Underground Railroad teaser, and like the two teasers released before this, it’s gorgeous, haunting, and affirms that this is going to be the very definition of must-see TV. The series is set in an alternate history where the Underground Railroad was a real, physical secret railroad, with actual tracks and tunnels tucked away underground. Watch the latest teaser, subtitled Speak Upon the Ashes, below.

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The Underground Railroad Teaser

Everyone learns about The Underground Railroad in school as a network of secret routes and safe houses used to help enslaved African-Americans escape out of slavery into the free states of the North and Canada. But what if The Underground Railroad wasn’t merely a metaphor, but rather an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors riding on secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil, taking slaves on the first journey of their free life?

That’s what Moonlight director Barry Jenkins‘ series adaptation of The Underground Railroad, based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, imagines. A new teaser introduces us to one of the story’s main characters: Cora Randall, played by Thuso Mbedu. In addition to being a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, Cora isn’t exactly welcome in the circles of other African-Americans either. Meet Cora in The Underground Railroad teaser below. Read More »

the underground railroad teaser

Barry Jenkins just gave us our first teaser for The Underground Railroad, and it’s stunning. This isn’t a traditional teaser, but it so much more effective than just a series of random shots cut together. By gathering a large cast of characters together in one spot and overlaying that footage with some beautiful music from  Nicholas Britell, Barry Jenkins has immediately caught our attention. Watch The Underground Railroad teaser below.

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Barry Jenkins Underground Railroad

Last March, we wrote about how Moonlight director Barry Jenkins was teaming up with Amazon to adapt Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel The Underground Railroad for television. But a new press release confirms that Jenkins will direct every episode of the upcoming limited series. That’s great news for all the Jenkinsians out there – that’s what all the hardcore Barry Jenkins fans call themselves, right? Read More »

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Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

After a stunning Best Picture win for Moonlight at the Oscars, Barry Jenkins is ready to embark on his next project. And he’s making the move over to television. Jenkins is set to write and direct a TV series adaptation of the 2016 bestseller The Underground Railroad for Amazon.

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