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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

2019, Joe Talbot, USA, 121 min.
With Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 16th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 16th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Aug 17th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 17th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Aug 18th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Aug 19th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 20th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 21st 6:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 22nd 7:45pm

"One of the most touching and powerful this year…beautiful and melancholy and almost musical in its language.”—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Every American city deserves a movie as fine and observant and lavish as this; every summer filmgoer deserves an experience as heartbreakingly rich."—Ray Pride, Newcity

The power of urban mythmaking informs this tale of two Black squatters marginalized by moneyed San Francisco’s gentrification, elevating it to an exquisite fantasy of the home of one’s dreams. A Fillmore District “painted lady,” magnificent but fading from its gingerbread ornamentation to its pointy tower, stands at the center of the story and at the apex of the longing of Jimmie (Fails), a man who spent his youth in the house before the neighborhood turned white. Against all odds, Jimmie realizes the temporary triumph of reclaiming the home of his childhood, and moves in with his best friend Mont (Majors), restoring a fabled piece of his richly embroidered family history. First-time director Talbot, winner of two Sundance Film Festival awards, creates a haunting, melancholy, and deeply affecting portrait of San Francisco and its disappearing underclass, enhanced by Emile Mosseri’s score and new interpretations of songs including Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco” and “Somebody to Love” by the Jefferson Airplane. DCP digital. (BS)

The Friday (8/16) 2:00 pm and Tuesday (8/20) 6:00 pm screenings are Open-Captioned.

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