“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is more than just a tale about the changing face of a city. It’s a story about who has the rightful claim to a city’s identity. The film — which took 10 years to make — is even more relevant today as gentrification takes over entire neighborhoods, often pushing out communities from what is probably the most expensive city to live in America today.
The movie received rave reviews at Sundance, where it won two awards, including best director.
Starring San Francisco native Danny Glover, it is directed by another San Francisco native, Joe Talbot, who makes his directorial debut with the film, which is inspired by the true story of his childhood best friend, Jimmie Fails.
Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home built in the heart of city by his grandfather. But as it turns out, the reality is very different.
Talbot dropped out of high school to make movies with Fails: “I’m making movies with my best friend, who’s not some big bankable actor. We’re just, you know, kids from San Francisco trying to make movies.”
NBC Bay Area sat down to chat with Talbot and Fails — who plays himself in the movie — right before a red-carpet event at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.
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