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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY 13326 (map)

Sundance winner The Last Black Man in San Francisco, written and directed by Joe Talbot, stars Jimmie Falls (also one of the film’s writers), Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, and Danny Glover. Jimmie Falls, who portrays himself in the film and relates a real life tale, wrote “Weird as it sounds, this movie is a love story about me and a house.” Set in the heart of San Francisco, Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built with his own hands. After his family lost the house, Jimmie spends years squatting in abandoned houses in the city, returning to the former home to do vigilante repairs and upkeep. After the house is emptied yet again, Jimmie and his friend Mont return to this pseudo-sanctuary as squatters, repossessing the old rooms and treasures of his childhood. Director Talbot’s use of location and place highlights the love, absurdity, and struggles that could only happen in the foggy city. The film is a tribute to the glory of a former San Francisco and the people who fight for it (or any city), and their right to love and live in it. (Joe Talbot, 2019, USA, 121 minutes)

Later Event: November 9
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