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A young man with a big dream (and a quirky best friend) searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind
A young man with a big dream (and a quirky best friend) searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind
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The "Where's Jimmie" tee, available soon from lastblackmanfilm.com
The "Where's Jimmie" tee, available soon from lastblackmanfilm.com

You guys are rockstars. The incredible support we’ve received from you has not only helped us hit out 50k goal — it’s demonstrated there’s an audience for this film. And that’s gotten the attention of folks in the industry.

So for the final hours of our campaign, instead of aiming to hit x amount of dollars, we’re looking to get as many backers as possible. That means even if you only have $1 dollar to give, your contribution sends a loud message to those watching that you want to see this movie get made. And that is priceless.

                      Watch Jimmie tell his family story in our short concept teaser below!

 The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a feature-length narrative film currently in pre-production that is inspired by the real life of Jimmie Fails, a third-generation San Franciscan, who dreams of buying back his old family home in the Fillmore. 

But this film isn’t just about tough economic times and changing political landscapes in San Francisco. It's a story about two inseparable misfits who are searching for home in a city they can no longer call their own.

You may have heard about this project on Indiewire, or in the SF Chronicle, or perhaps in The Atlantic. Maybe you've seen our concept teaser that leaked, went viral, and is now showing at SFIFF. But for those of you hearing about us now for the first time, here's the skinny: we want to turn this story into a feature-length film with your help.

We’ve laid the groundwork for the feature film to-be — thousands of hours drawing mood boards, writing and re-writing dialogue, shooting the teaser, and composing the music we envision for the film — take a peek at a small sample of it:

PRODUCTION STILLS:

Stars Jimmie Fails and Prentice Sanders en route [from unseen footage shot for the concept teaser]
Stars Jimmie Fails and Prentice Sanders en route [from unseen footage shot for the concept teaser]
The faithful companions picnicking on Bernal [from unseen footage shot for the concept teaser]
The faithful companions picnicking on Bernal [from unseen footage shot for the concept teaser]
Second cameraman, Yeelen Cohen, snaps a photo of the boys.
Second cameraman, Yeelen Cohen, snaps a photo of the boys.
Plotting ways to buy back Jimmie's old family home [unseen footage shot for the concept trailer]
Plotting ways to buy back Jimmie's old family home [unseen footage shot for the concept trailer]

ORIGINAL MUSIC:

Director Joe Talbot composed the entire soundtrack for the film before he and the team even wrote a word of the script, envisioning a 'ghetto Tim Burton' like atmosphere.
Director Joe Talbot composed the entire soundtrack for the film before he and the team even wrote a word of the script, envisioning a 'ghetto Tim Burton' like atmosphere.

STORYBOARDS:

We've mapped out the entire feature-length film shot-for-shot.
We've mapped out the entire feature-length film shot-for-shot.
Writer/director Joe Talbot and co-writer/star Jimmie Fails
Writer/director Joe Talbot and co-writer/star Jimmie Fails

Joe Talbot (writer/director) grew up running around the Mission District with a camera around his neck and a gang of misfits in tow. His cobbled-together crews of friends, family and other various undesirables wreaked constant havoc on the neighborhood, pushing wheelchairs down busy streets for tracking shots and alarming random passerby with fake blood make-up.

When Jimmie moved to the nearby Army St. housing projects as a pre-teen, he was promptly dragged into Joe's film-making fold. The two boys soon began collaborating on just about everything, including Joe’s SFIFF winning short, Last Stop Livermore

Jimmie and Joe in their high-school collaboration, Last Stop Livermore (2009)
Jimmie and Joe in their high-school collaboration, Last Stop Livermore (2009)

During many late-night walks through the roller-coaster hills of Bernal Heights, Jimmie spun tales of his often stranger-than-fiction childhood -- like the time he and his father made a beat-up BMW their home (until his dad’s crack buddy stole it). 

These conversations around Jimmie’s struggle to regain his roots in his native city became the basis for LBM.  But it's about more than buying back a piece of property -- inspired by the bond Joe and Jimmie formed as teens over feeling like misfits in their respective worlds, this film seeks to tell an ageless story about two friends trying to find their place in the world.

THE TEAM

DIRECTOR/WRITER - Joe Talbot ///// CO-WRITERS: Jimmie Fails, Emma Nicholls, Yeelen Cohen ///// LEAD ACTOR - Jimmie Fails ///// CO-STAR - Prentice Sanders

PRODUCERS - Rolla Selbak, Michael Kontomanolis, Ryan Doubiago, Zach Goldstein

OUTREACH & SOCIAL MEDIA: Maria Judice, Meghan Mitchell

KICKSTARTER VIDEO - a VITAMIN / LONGSHOT co-production (Nelson Navarette, Marcus Cheek, Joe Talbot)

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge is to achieve the highest quality of production possible even with the limited resources we have available for this project. To do justice to this story, we want to tell it in the most creative, innovative way possible. Producing a film is difficult; making a film that is both artistically-unique and politically-complex is even more challenging. However, we have spent the last five years working on this project and we are determined to see it through to the end.

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    3372 19th Street, San Francisco
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