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Medicine For Melancholy 

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Fans of The Daily Show will recognize Wyatt Cenac in this tender and impressive feature-length debut from director Barry Jenkins. Shot in black and white with patches of color shining through, Medicine for Melancholy is the story of two strangers who wake up together, still at the site of a party where they met. Cenac plays Micah, a bike messenger who grew up in San Francisco and is concerned about its ever diminishing black population. Jo' (Tracey Heggins) is mysterious at first but allows Micah to extend their interlude together. They find they enjoy each other's company, but differing attitudes about race slip out and complicate their lost weekend. It's a sleeper hit from the 2008 film festival circuit, and though stylistically different, its tight story and professional polish might remind viewers of another director and his early-career black and white romantic comedy — Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It.— Will Coviello

7 p.m. Sat., March 28

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www.patoisfilmfest.org

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