Sat, Jun 29, 2:00pm: Post-screening discussion/creative writing exercise on gentrification with poet/educator/consultant Melissa Gordon in the upstairs Jackson Education and Engagement Space (seating is limited; first-come, first-served). Participants will reflect the film and write about placemaking in the "It city." Gentrification causes us to wrestle with community and how we navigate real and imagined bonds with our neighbors. Words will create a new map for belonging when race and class divide us. BUY TICKETS
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation. A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director and Special Jury Awards.
“[Joe] Talbot, a fifth-generation San Franciscan, pieces together a funny valentine to a city whose capacity for visual wonderment goes well beyond the standard iconography of the Golden Gate Bridge.” —Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times “...A story that doesn’t announce its themes but instead transforms lived-in ideas about friendship, loneliness, artmaking, gentrification and the many faces of black masculinity.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times “This is a film of shifting moods and occasionally contradictory narratives. It’s as much about delusion as it is about gentrification, and as much about friendship as it is about solitude…. [Joe] Talbot is a striking filmmaker, giving his film both a lived-in authenticity — the location work is evocative, and he’s filled the screen with oddball locals — and a fairy-tale hermeticism.” —Bilge Ebiri, vulture.com
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