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!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Josh Barkey: 2016 DOUBLE Nicholl Quarterfinalist (and oh yeah, also DOUBLE Page Contest quarterfinalist, too)

So, yeah.

I just found out that my scripts THE SUICIDE CODE and MARLENE THE DIVINE are Nicholl fellowship quarterfinalistsputting them in the top 357 scripts out of 6,915. In the biggest, most prestigious contest out there (the Nicholl is run by the Academy). Which is nifty.

Those same two scripts are also currently quarterfinalists in the Page Screenwriting Contest.

Both the Page and the Nicholl have relatively early deadlines (compared to a couple other contests I've entered), so the drafts I submitted were pretty early and therefore (in my opinion) pretty sucky. Which is my way of being not-optimistic, so I won't be disappointed.

Still... pretty cool.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

choosing a love story

  1. There are always a wide variety of possible explanations for another person's actions. This applies to the actions of celebrities as much as it does to your mom, or to gypsies you see sidling (sneaking? dancing?) through the shadows in the park.
  2. You cannot know what's going on in another person's head. You can (and probably sometimes should) try to tell a story to yourself that will explain another person's actions... but you're going to get that story wrong. There will always be factors that you will miss. To believe otherwise is to choose arrogance over wisdom.
  3. If you listen to the voice of wisdom, it will also tell you that the story you choose will affect the person you will becomehow you will live and move through the world, and what you will come to believe about the people who occupy that world. 
  4. As a result, this story will dictate (for all intents and purposes) the sort of world you will actually come to live in.
  5. Therefore... choose the story that fits most comfortably with the best possible world. Be wise and cunning as a fox, yesespecially in situations where it is important for you to make informed decisionsbut also be humbly charitable, remembering that your judgments change you far more than they will ever change those upon whom you pronounce them.
  6. When in doubt... choose doubt. Doubt and its attending humility will lead you on the path of love.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Public Lives of Bees

They say the bees are dying, possibly entirely because of stupid Monsanto and their stupid, pesticidal stupidness.

I don't know if that's true, but we've definitely seen extremely low pollination rates in our garden this year, and the Monsanto-mindset has absolutely contributed to that.

Yet another super-sucky bit of modern-day suckiness, and all I can say is that after our agricultural system collapses and the majority of the human population starves to death, there probably won't be enough of an unthinking consumer base around anymore to prop up agribusiness. So... silver lining?

Except for I don't want to starve, and I don't want my family to starve, and I don't want you to starve, out there in internet-land. So how about we maybe do something about this? It's only been, what, fifty/sixty years we've been violating our ecology in this way. I'll bet in another fifty, we could clean this bad boy right up.

Whaddaya say?

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. 

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