by Jeff Niesel
For the past month, the Cleveland Museum of Art has hosted a program called "Friday Night First Runs." It features local premieres of movies that have previously bypassed Cleveland during their theatrical runs. Tonight at 7, it's offering a screening of 2008's Medicine for Melancholy, a film about a couple who fall in love one day while walking the streets of San Francisco. Here's our review of the film.
Medicine for Melancholy (US, 2008) Shot in digital video on the streets of San Francisco, the first feature by 29-year-old writer/director Barry Jenkins is an affecting, beautifully played African-American spin on Richard Linklater’s epochal Before Sunrise. After what they both assumed was just a one-night stand, urban hipster Micah (Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac) and boho beauty Jo’ (Tracey Higgins) spend the day getting to know each other while taking a (mostly walking) tour of the city in all its funky, eclectic glory. Similar in affectless sensibility and no-frills, DIY style to the mumblecore school of indie cinema, Jenkins’ tiny jewel of a film is equally indebted to the French New Wave and early Spike Lee (particularly She’s Gotta Have It). *** (Milan Paurich)