wednesday, february 19 AT 7:30pm | FREE ADMISSION (Suggested donation: $5)
The 2008 debut film from Oscar-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight; If Beale Street Could Talk) stars then-unknown Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins as Micah and Jo’, two young people who spend an extended one-night stand grappling with popular culture and black identity amid a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco.
“An exciting debut … both sad and vibrant, meandering and formally sure-footed.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
Shot in luscious sepia tones, Medicine for Melancholy follows two hipsters whose one-night stand stretches into a 24-hour odyssey through the city. In between bike rides and underground dance parties, Micah grapples with his identity as a black man in an overwhelmingly white indie scene, while Jo questions her commitment to her white boyfriend. Intimate, engaging, and gorgeous to look at, Medicine for Melancholy ponders big picture questions—about race, class, housing—while never losing sight of the human story at its center. With a budget of just $15,000, 15 days to shoot, and a cast of two, Jenkins quietly helped usher in a new era of idiosyncratic, auteur-driven cinema in the decade since. (Dir. by Barry Jenkins, 2008, USA, 88 mins., Not Rated)