This film is not a documentary. But the story is real. Jimmie has been living this story for his entire life and we’ve been dreaming up this movie the second half of it. Jimmie spent his childhood in just about every corner of the city of San Francisco, from projects in Alemany to halfway houses in the Tenderloin, with the dream of getting back his family home – one that had been in his family since the 1950s.

The idea for the film "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," however, was birthed when Jimmie moved to the Army Street projects in middle school and met future collaborator Joe Talbot. After starring in Talbot’s high school (and SFIFF-nominated) short, Last Stop Livermore, Fails and Talbot began thinking about ways to turn Fails’ true-story into a feature-film. It encapsulated not only what was happening to many San Franciscans, but a generation of young people across the country. We knew we had to tell his story.

The film is going into production in 2018

Joe Talbot

Writer / Director

Joe Talbot is a fifth-generation San Franciscan whose emerging body of work has been recognized by beloved auteur Guy Maddin as "gorgeous, powerful and moving." He is a recent Sundance Institute fellow and was recently profiled in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces issue, alongside LBM star Jimmie Fails, as among the top new filmmakers to watch. Perhaps most proudly, though, for the lover of Old Hollywood, Joe’s work has shown at San Francisco’s last two remaining cinema palaces: The Castro Theatre and The Roxie Theatre.

Fun fact: Joe co-starred with Jimmie in their high-school short, Last Stop Livermore. Jimmie established himself as a young budding talent in front of the camera. Joe was...er.

Jimmie Fails

Star / Co-creator

Jimmie Fails is a native San Franciscan whose lived in just about every corner of his beloved hometown. His story of his family's exodus from the Alabama to San Francisco in the 1940s is the inspiration behind the feature-film, in which Jimmie plays a semi-fictionalized version of himself. Though not a trained actor, Jimmie has been starring in Talbot's films since his early teens, when the two made the SFIFF-winning short, Last Stop Livermore.

Fun fact: Jimmie – not short for James – is Jimmie Fails the IV.

Khaliah Neal


Khaliah Neal is an East Oakland native who's returning to her Bay Area roots to produce a story that hits very close to home. Khaliah has worked at an array of prominent production companies and film studios including The Weinstein Company, Jean Doumanian Productions, and Focus Features, where she worked on Oscar nominated films, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moonrise Kingdom and Dallas Buyers Club, among many others. Khaliah is now an independent producer, most recently working on the Sundance 2015 winning documentary, 3 1/2 Minutes and the Ford Foundation and Sundance Lab supported documentary 25 to Life.

Fun fact: Khaliah's maternal family are San Francisco natives who, like many, moved to the East Bay in the early 1970s when they saw the early signs San Francisco was getting too expensive.


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We all wear multiple hats. But for sake of the official registry

  • Joe Talbot writer-director
  • Jimmie Fails co-creator/star
  • Khaliah Neal producer
  • ROB RICHERT co-writer/co-producer
  • Luis Alfonso de la Para story/co-producer
  • LORENZO HAGERMAN cinematographer
  • Emma Nicholls story
  • Yeelen Cohen story
  • Natalie Teter associate producer
  • SYDNEY LOWE associate producer
  • Ryan Doubiago story
  • Prentice Sanders story
  • Laila Bahman photographer
  • MICHELLE FRITZI ADELMAN director's assistant
  • Joe Talbot & Camille Marteil website design
  • Marc Nixon web developer

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  • IFP Emerging Storytellers Lab
  • SFFS Filmhouse Residency


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