You don’t need to be a black man or from San Francisco to relate to “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”
“We’re getting letters from white girls in London who are like, ‘I feel like I’m the last black man,'” said director Joe Talbot amid laughs from the film’s cast. “That’s a little strange, but sure. A lot of people were connecting to that feeling of losing a home and wanting to hold onto your home.”
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, delves into gentrification, working class struggle, and race relations in the Bay Area. Longtime friends and multi-generation San Franciscans, Talbot and star Jimmie Fails had been kicking around the idea for years.
“This is probably the most personal film for both of us. Jimmie’s been telling me this story that sort of inspired the film since we were kids,” Talbot said.
“Aside from everybody needing to see this movie, I think every black man in America needs to see this movie,” said actress Tichina Arnold. “They’ve created a piece of artwork that black men can see themselves in many years to come.”