Watch Barry Jenkins’ The Gaze, a 50-Minute Piece From the Set of The Underground Railroad

Watch Barry Jenkins’ The Gaze, a 50-Minute Piece From the Set of The Underground Railroad
In just a few days, 10 new hours of Barry Jenkins-directed material will be arriving with his much-anticipated, already-acclaimed adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. As a preamble to the limited series, the director has now debuted a special project created on the set.

The Gaze is a 50-minute piece accompanied by an essay from Jenkins. Featuring moving portraits of the ensemble of The Underground Railroad, it features new music by Nicholas Britell. With his three features thus far, Jenkins has mastered Demme-style close-ups that even Paul Thomas Anderson is jealous of, and while this new piece offers more than just close-ups, it shows how well Jenkins can get the soul of the human experience, while offering a great introduction to the world of his new project.

Watch below, followed by his essay.

In my years of doing interviews and roundtables and Q&a’s for the various films we’ve made,
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