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The Deep Cut - The Last Black Man in San Francisco's Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails Talk the movie, Gentrification, and the Meaning of Home

This week on The Deep Cut with John Rocha, John welcomes Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails the director and star of The Last Black Man in San Francisco. The A24 film, which is Talbot's feature film directorial debut, follows the story of Jimmie Fails? and it is based on his real-life story as well. Fails (starring as himself) 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. The Last Black Man in San Francisco won multiple awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, including Best Directing and a Special Jury Award for Creative Collaboration. The film has an approval rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with 24 reviews following its sole outing. Talbot and Fails sit discuss how the film came to be, how their lifelong relationship shaped the film, their thoughts on gentrification, how African American culture is lost or destroyed in a rush to gentrify cities and what the films has to say about it. It's truly a fantastic conversation with two artists at the start of very promising careers in the world of Film. Tweet at us and let us know what you thought of the show.

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