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'Medicine For Melancholy' Gets Picked Up By IFC!

As a filmmaker, I'm often simultaneously supportive and envious when I read news like this. Supportive because I'm happy to see another black filmmaker get the kind of opportunity that many of us (regardless of skin color) dream about; and envious for the same reason :o)

After much festival play and awards won, Medicine For Melancholy, a film I've talked about at least once before on this blog, has finally been picked up for distribution by IFC Films, buying up world rights to writer-director Barry Jenkins' San Francisco-set love story.

For those unaware, the film is described as "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 in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco—a city with
the smallest proportional black population of any other major American city."

It stars 2 relative unknowns, Wyatt Cenac and Tracy Heggins.

According to Variety Magazine, IFC plans to release the film in 2009, on its day-and-date (simultaneous theatrical and video-on-demand) distribution program. I'll most certainly be looking out for it!

You can read the PDF press release from the film's website HERE. Go to for everything you need to know about the film. Check out its lovely trailer HERE.


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