Monday, February 19, 2018

welcome to JOSHBARKEY dot com

Hi. I'm Josh Barkey. 

I'm pretty eclectically-creative, but my main focus is screenwriting. 

In the summer of 2015 I produced my first feature-length film, PINK. I've also had a number of short films produced, like TWO FOR TEA and LOCKER 212. And I co-directed a fun little no-budget short film called GNOMES, which stars my seven-year-old son. I've currently got another feature film and a handful of shorts in various stages of pre-production-slash-development.

My screenplays have done pretty well in competitions, with a winner in the Page Screenwriting contest, a finalist in the Nashville Film Festival and Atlanta F.F. screenwriting competitions, and a semi-finalist in the Big Break. They've also quarterfinaled in twelve other screenplay competitions, including twice for The Nicholl Fellowship, and twice in the Austin Film Festival.

On the sidebar you'll find links to script-samples, my Amazon account (for my books), and all sorts of other writing, photography, and visual art. It's an eclectic mess, but hey... so am I!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

stop the stupid...

I wish every screenwriter out there would watch this video, then internalize it and stop writing stupid, expository dialogue. The end.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

hope and love in a culture of fear

There's a tendency when people start screaming about not taking their guns away to want to tell them they're employing a straw man, or to educate them about what a straw man IS. The problem is not, however, a failure of education or intellect. It's a failure of compassion, of kindness, and of love. What is the answer to that sort of failure?

I have no idea. More love?

It seems so hopeless, when so many people are so sick with fear. But hopelessness is, I think, just a failure of imagination. Let's forget hopelessness. Let's imagine a world in which the first response to tragedy is not belligerent defense of a hobby that even the most tawdry sort of love would quickly abandon if there were even the faint glimmer of a chance that it would mean an end to such violence. Let's imagine a world where we respond to tragedy not with fear but with love-soaked sorrow, and a love-driven determination to ensure that it never happens again.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

American Politics

For some reason, my eight-year-old son finds this whole thing hilarious.

In Ictu Oculi, 2009 from greta alfaro on Vimeo.

Discovered via Futility Closet.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Talent, Failure... or Both?

Yesterday on John August and Craig Mazin's awesome podcast Scriptnotes, they repeated the mantra of theirs that "Talent Will Out," assuring me and my fellow hopeful-wannabes that despite the current contraction of the industry, if we write an amazing enough script then Hollywood will (somehow) hear about it and beckon us lovingly into the fold. 

Booyah for me, amiright? 

People like my stuff and wanna work with me. I'm good at what I do. Heck, even John August himself once quoted me on his blog. 

It's only a matter of time.

He said. 

Assuring himself. 


For the zillionth time.

A few days ago, some other Wannabe Screenwriter who I didn't know checked out MY SCRIPT-SAMPLES WEBSITE, and then wrote to tell me it looked like I'm doing well for myself.


Har-dee-frickin-har, har... sob.

When it comes to my writing, I feel like a massive failure. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

President Drumpf...

This morning on the Facebooks, I made the following prediction about the results of our upcoming Presidential election:

"I'm callin' it: Trump's the next President of the United States.

I think Hillary'll go against him and then her scandals will catch up to her at the last moment, and Trump'll essentially be the only candidate. He'll win, and it'll plunge us into a totalitarian nightmare that'll be fantastically-motivating for artists and writers, right up until the moment when we all start 'disappearing.'

All empires crumble. Especially ones where selfishness and violence are extolled.

Our turn to fade."

This prompted a bunch of (generally hilarious) discussion, with one woman insisting I predict what would happen if I was wrong, and either Clinton or Sanders became the next President. Now, there is of course zero percent chance that I am wrong. But just for the intellectual-exercise of it, I added the following addendum:

Sunday, May 8, 2016

and now, premiering at Cannes...

A short film I helped to write (AT EASE) is premiering in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival later this month. So, y'know... if you happen to be in France on May 19th at 6 p.m., pop on by.

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