Almost four years after Moonlight won Best Picture at the Oscars, Barry Jenkins is reuniting with the same studio – A24 – for another project. However, this is to get a project off the ground for an up-and-coming filmmaker.
Per Deadline, Jenkins’ Pastel banner is re-teaming with A24 to produce All Dirt Roads Taste Of Salt, which will be the feature directorial debut of Raven Jackson.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the story reportedly chronicles decades in the life of a Black woman in rural Tennessee. The script was one of five selected for the Ikusmira Berriak Residency in San Sebastián, Spain, and was handpicked by Jenkins for Indie Memphis’ 2019 Black Filmmaker Residency in Screenwriting.
Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, and photographer. Her short films Nettles and A Guide To Breathing Underwater are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, and CALYX, while she recently published poetry chapbook little violences.
This will mark the first time since Moonlight that A24 and Pastel have teamed up on a production. But Jenkins and Pastel have been busy since that big win four years ago, including producing one of the best films of 2020, Eliza Hittman‘s Never Rarely Sometimes Always.
Jenkins’ much-anticipated limited series The Underground Railroad, which premieres latest this year on Amazon, is also produced by Pastel.
We’ll wait for more plot details regarding All Dirt Roads Taste Of Salt, but any project and filmmaker Jenkins is willing to put his name to should get film fans excited. Production on the film is expected to begin later this year.