Sponsored
Categories: Film Film

The Last Black Man in San Francisco Wins Big at Sundance

Sponsored
Sponsored

Over the weekend, Joe Talbot won two honors for his film The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which stars his longtime friend Jimmy Fails in the titular role as a skateboarder hungering to reclaim the home on Golden Gate Avenue in the Fillmore that his grandfather built (and which he will probably never afford on a part-time nurse’s salary, so he concocts a scheme to make it happen). To grapple with the consequences of gentrification in a non-polemical way is rare, yet The Last Black Man in San Francisco seems to do just that, and without sacrificing heart or wit. In addition to snagging the award for Directing, the film also won the Special Jury Award – Creator Collaboration.

This bodes well for the film’s prospects at wide distribution. Variety called it “gorgeous and touchingly idealistic” while Rolling Stone says it’s a “funny, poignant, personal, and a rage-filled valentine to a metropolis that’s seen its fair share of gentrification.”

Additionally, Chinonye Chukwu became the first Black women in Sundance’s 35-year history to take home the U.S. Grand Juiry Prize: Dramatic for Clemency, a film about death-row inmates that stars Alfre Woodard. It’s essentially the festival’s biggest prize, and one that Ryan Coogler won for his Oscar Grant documentary, Fruitvale Station, in 2013. Chukwu is also one of only 10 women to have claimed Sundance’s top honor.

Sponsored
Peter Lawrence Kane @wannacyber

Share
Published by
Peter Lawrence Kane @wannacyber
Tags: Jimmy Fails joe talbot sundance The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Recent Posts

  • News

Reusable Food Containers Coming Soon to a Festival Near You

Starting January 2020, vendors at concerts and festivals in California will be able to serve food on reusable containers thanks…

22 hours ago
  • All Shook Down
  • Music

Dave Longstreth Feels Energy

Like most people in America, Dave Longstreth seemed to be having a miserable year in 2017. For the self-titled album…

22 hours ago
  • Culture
  • The Exhibitionist
  • Theater

Cal Shakes’ Finds a Comedy within The Good Person of Szechwan

Modulation wasn’t on Eric Ting’s agenda when he directed the actors in Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (at…

23 hours ago
  • Sponsored

7 Mile House: Preserving History, Culture and Community in the Bay Area

Vanessa Garcia has always called the Bay Area home and when she became owner of 7 Mile House, a dog-friendly…

3 days ago
  • News

Rising Number of Starving Young Sea Lions Alarms Marine Vets

Within just two months, the number of orphaned California sea lions rescued by Marine Mammal Center has surged from 46…

4 days ago
  • News
  • Top Stories

Rogue Signs Counteract S.F.’s Anti-Homeless Message

It'd be easy to ignore the white signs posted along the chainlink fence that lines the massive PG&E yard on…

4 days ago