film : 2016
Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane
Black Bear Pictures, Cinetic Media
It’s the Fall of 1981 and a young Barack Obama (Devon Terrell)—known to his friends as “Barry”— arrives as a transfer student at Columbia University. Thrust into Mayor Koch’s racially fraught and crime-ridden New York City, Barry finds himself pulled between various social stratospheres. As he struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships—with his Kansas-born mother (Ashley Judd), his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates (Anya Taylor-Joy, Ellar Coltrane, Jason Mitchell)—glaring issues of inequality force him to confront questions surrounding his own identity. His experiences over that pivotal school year begin to shape his views on race, government, and what it means to be an American.
2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Nominated, Best First Screenplay