The Last Black Man in San Francisco
|The Last Black Man in San Francisco|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joe Talbot|
|Music by||Emile Mosseri|
|Edited by||David Marks|
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). 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.
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. It was released on June 7, 2019, by A24 in the United States.
- Jimmie Fails as Jimmie Fails
- Jonathan Majors as Montgomery Allen
- Danny Glover as Grandpa Allen
- Tichina Arnold as Wanda Fails
- Rob Morgan as James Sr.
- Mike Epps as Bobby
- Finn Wittrock as Clayton
- Thora Birch as Becca
- Jamal Trulove as Kofi (of Chorus)
- Jello Biafra as Tour Guide
- San Quinn as Grown Ass Man
- Daewon Song as Uncle Ricky
- Andy Roy as Andy
- Willie Hen as Preacher
- Tonya Glanz as Nina
- Sergio Gonzalez as the Banker
- Musik - as Musik, the dog
Talbot and Fails grew up together in San Francisco and first discussed the possibility of making the movie as teenagers. 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.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 7, 2019, having previously been scheduled to be released on June 14.
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." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
In her New York Times review, Manohla Dargis called the film "[t]he other dramatic competition high point...plaintive, gorgeous and finally exultant." 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."
|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|||
|Special Jury Award – Creator Collaboration||Joe Talbot||Won|
|US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize||Joe Talbot||Nominated|
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