Jimmie Fails

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Jimmie Fails[1] (born November 10, 1994) is an American actor. His first lead role in a feature film was the titular role in the semi-autobiographical film The Last Black Man in San Francisco.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Fails was born and raised in San Francisco.[1][2] He lived in a Victorian house that his grandfather had bought in the predominantly Black middle-class Fillmore district of San Francisco until he was three years old.[3] After his grandfather died, the house was foreclosed on because his relatives could not afford the expense, and he spent the remainder of his childhood in foster care and public housing.[4][5]

Fails and his childhood friend, Joe Talbot, first began making short movies together during high school.[6] They released a short film called American Paradise that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[3]

Talbot and Fails conceived of the film The Last Black Man in San Francisco as teenagers.[4][7] In 2015, Fails and Talbot, created a Kickstarter campaign to fund it.[4] Danny Glover, a San Francisco native, called Fails directly to express his interest in the film.[7] The film is semi-autobiographical and tells the story of a fictionalized version of Fails, played by the actor, who attempts to reclaim a Victorian home built by his grandfather in a gentrified area of San Francisco. The film was Fails' first professional acting role.[6] The film received positive critical reviews.[8]

Fails resides in San Francisco.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Del Barco, Mandalit. "'The Last Black Man In San Francisco' Is About Who Belongs In A Beloved City". NPR. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "'Last Black Man' star Jimmie Fails has first brush with fame - HoustonChronicle.com". www.houstonchronicle.com. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  3. ^ a b Obenson, Tambay; Obenson, Tambay (2019-06-06). "The Pain of Jimmie Fails' Eviction Fueled His Need to Make 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  4. ^ a b c Floyd, Thomas. "Childhood friends muse on gentrification with the soulful 'Last Black Man in San Francisco'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  5. ^ Desta, Yohana. "'The Last Black Man in San Francisco': The True Story Behind the Surreal Gentrification Tale". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  6. ^ a b Shaffer, Marshall. "Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails on the Friendship Behind The Last Black Man in San Francisco". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  7. ^ a b Crucchiola, Jordan. "Who Gets to Say 'Fuck San Francisco' Now?". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  8. ^ The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019), retrieved 2019-07-10
  9. ^ "'Last Black Man' star Jimmie Fails has first brush with fame - HoustonChronicle.com". www.houstonchronicle.com. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-07-10.

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