SXSW First Look: Medicine For Melancholy
by Alex Billington
February 28, 2008
The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX is just a few weeks away and we're looking at a few of the films that will be premiering there. Today it's the feature film Medicine For Melancholy directed by Barry Jenkins. I'll be damned! This looks like the first incredible indie movie premiering at SXSW. This trailer is truly amazing: I love the visual style, I love the music choice, I love the actors, I love the story - this could really turn out very well. Set in San Francisco, Medicine For Melancholy tells the story of two individuals who try to get to know each other after a one night stand.
A love story of bikes and one-night stands told through two African-American twenty-somethings dealing with issues of class, identity, and the evolving conundrum of being a minority living in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco.
Watch the trailer for Medicine For Melancholy:
If you're curious to know more, check out the official MySpace for Medicine For Melancholy here: myspace.com/medicine4melancholy.
Medicine For Melancholy is both written and directed by budding filmmaker Barry Jenkins, who has only previously directed two short films. This will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival with the first showing on Sunday, March 9th at 2:30PM. This doesn't have a US distributor yet, but I'm sure if it's good, someone will quickly pick it up. And I really do hope that it gets picked up because it looks incredible.
You can be certain that we'll be seeing this at SXSW and will be one of the first to report back on our thoughts. Check out the full-line up of films showing at SXSW this year.