Join us for our monthly film screening series featuring the best in internationally-renowned independent and arts-related movies- The Art of Film.
The Art of Film presents a forum for appreciating movies as an art form. With audience Q&A and talkback sessions with film directors and faculty from Florida Southern College following each screening, this unique Polk Museum series will entertain, engage, and educate audiences of all ages.
Medicine for Melancholy
Director: Barry Jenkins
Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins, 2009
Synopsis: Micah (Wyatt Cenac), a passionate social activist, meets affluent professional Joanne (Tracey Heggins) at a party. After getting drunk together, they have a one-night stand. The morning after begins uncomfortably, but eventually romantic feelings develop between Micah and Joanne. As they converse more deeply, they realize they are separated by an array of political and philosophical differences and must decide if these factors are more important than their budding relationship.
Director Bio: Barry Jenkins is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. He is known for his films Medicine for Melancholy (2008) and Moonlight (2016), the latter of which received dozens of accolades. Jenkins was born in Liberty City, Miami, the youngest of four siblings. His father died when he was 12, and had earlier separated from his mother, believing that Jenkins was not his biological son. During his childhood, Jenkins was raised by another woman in an overcrowded apartment. He attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School, where he played on the school football team. Jenkins later earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Introduction and Screening at 6:30 pm
The Art of Film is free to attend. Cash bar available.