The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019 film poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoe Talbot
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Joe Talbot
  • Rob Richert
Story by
  • Jimmie Fails
  • Joe Talbot
Starring
Music byEmile Mosseri
CinematographyAdam Newport-Berra
Edited byDavid Marks
Production
companies
Distributed byA24
Release date
  • January 26, 2019 (2019-01-26) (Sundance)
  • June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$713,286[2]

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film directed and produced by Joe Talbot (his feature directorial debut) based on a story by Jimmie Fails and Talbot (which, in turn, is partly based on Fails' own life[3]). It stars Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock and Thora Birch. The plot centers on the efforts of an African American man, Jimmie, to reclaim his childhood home, a Victorian house in the Fillmore District built by his grandfather.[3]

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019, where it won awards for Best Directing and a Special Jury Prize for Creative Collaboration.[4] It was released on June 7, 2019, by A24 in the United States.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Talbot and Fails grew up together in San Francisco and first discussed the possibility of making the movie as teenagers.[5] In May 2018, it was announced Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock and Thora Birch had joined the cast of the film, with Khaliah Neal producing the film. Plan B Entertainment will produce the film, while A24 will distribute the film.[6][7]

Principal photography began in April 2018.[8]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019.[9] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 7, 2019,[10] having previously been scheduled to be released on June 14.[11]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 95% based on 94 reviews, with an average rating of 8.53/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[13]

In her New York Times review, Manohla Dargis called the film "[t]he other dramatic competition high point...plaintive, gorgeous and finally exultant."[14] The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy said it was "by far the best narrative film I saw [at Sundance]...Every scene is fresh and unpredictable, visual poetry and realism are exquisitely woven together."[15]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Sundance Film Festival 2 February 2019 US Dramatic Directing Award Joe Talbot Won [16]
Special Jury Award – Creator Collaboration Joe Talbot Won
US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Joe Talbot Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Last Black Man in San Francisco". Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Last Black Man in San Francisco". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Ehrlich, David; Ehrlich, David (2019-01-27). "'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Review: Joe Talbot's Bittersweet, Unforgettable Debut — Sundance". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  4. ^ Sharf, Zack; Sharf, Zack (2019-03-21). "'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Trailer: A24's Sundance Winner Is a Must-See Summer Indie". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  5. ^ "Meet The Misfits Behind 'The Last Black Man In San Francisco'". Hoodline. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 2, 2018). "A24, Plan B Team On 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' With Jonathan Majors & Jimmie Fails Starring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (May 2, 2018). "Plan B, A24 Team for Drama 'Last Black Man in San Francisco'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Filming in April: Joe Talbot to Direct Upcoming Feature Film 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'". Production List. April 19, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Where'd You Go Bernadette". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Erbland, Kate (February 21, 2019). "A24 Seeks Summer Box Office with Release Dates for 'The Farewell' and 'Last Black Man'". IndieWire. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "The Last Black Man in San Francisco reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Sundance Film Festival Comes Through (Again!)". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Critics' Debate: What Is a "Sundance Movie"? 2019 Edition Broadens the Picture". Hollywood Reporter. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Debruge, Peter (February 2, 2019). "Sundance Winners: 'Clemency,' 'One Child Nation' Take Top Honors". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2019.

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