The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Jimmie Fails is in love with a Victorian house built by his grandfather in San Francisco’s Fillmore District. When the house’s current occupants leave for good, Jimmie and his friend Mont attempt to repair and reclaim the place that Jimmie most considers home, despite its prohibitive price tag and place in a gentrified, rapidly changing neighbourhood.
Based on a true story, Joe Talbot’s directorial debut is a love letter to a disappearing side of San Francisco and a touching look at how communities are made — and kept alive — by the people who care for them.
The New York Times/Manohla Dargis
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is an indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers.
Wall Street Journal/Joe Morgenstern
I had nothing but the fondest feelings for this cross between a drama and a documentary. Call it a love-love relationship.
Washington Post/Ann Hornaday
There's one whopper of a twist in ?The Last Black Man in San Francisco? that lifts an already elevated enterprise into something heady and more provocative.
Common Sense Media/Joyce Slaton
Luminously beautiful and absolutely unforgettable, this tale of an ordinary man crushed by extraordinary pressures may be the best movie about San Francisco ever made.
Toronto Star/Peter Howell
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poetic and picturesque ode to the title city, to friendship and to the universal urge to find a place to call home.
Toronto Globe and Mail/Barry Hertz
There is something irrepressibly original and exciting in the collaboration that results between Talbot, Fails and co-writer Rob Richert - a cinematic vision that feels as fresh as it does necessary.