From Harlem to Houston, gentrification is running rampant throughout the country. Filmmaker Joe Talbot addresses the economic and cultural implications of gentrification in California’s bay area in the new film, The Last Black Man in San Francisco.
The film is based on the real-life story of Jimmie Fails, who stars as a version of himself in the Sundance Fim Festival favorite. It made its debut at the festival to critical acclaim, taking home both Special Jury and directing awards.
Deadline writes of the plot, “Fails and his friend Montgomery (Jonathan Majors) make their weekly pilgrimage across San Francisco to Jimmie’s dream home and imagine what life would be like if this neighborhood had never changed. When they realize the house’s current owners have moved out, Jimmie decides to recreate the home his family once had. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, Jimmie’s domestic aspirations blind him to reality.”
Fails and Majors star alongside Danny Glover and Tichina Arnold in the beautifully shot picture. Check out the trailer below.