SOTA alumni JOE TALBOT (Media 2008) and JIMMIE FAILS, Joe's long-time friend and creative collaborator, are working on a Sundance-supported feature film called THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. The film is highly anticipated and features have appeared in VICE, KQED, The San Francisco Chronicle, Bernalwood, IndieWire, The Atlantic, Filmmaker Magazine, and more. Their concept trailer (featured above) went viral and their successful Kickstarter campaign brought fans from more than 35 countries. 

While this project is born out of tremendous passion and enthusiasm, it is extremely difficult to make a film in San Francisco because of all the expenses involved. They are seeking community partnerships to coordinate tax-deductible donations of gift cards, catering, housing, and transportation for their production in April 2018 in order to make this unique film about San Francisco. 


Here's an amazing opportunity to see arts education come full circle and back again. The Media Family is part of the SOTA Family. It's definitely a family affair. Joe Talbot (Media 2008) and Nat Talbot (Media 2012) made films together for years. Sophia Puliatti (Media 2018) is a current senior, whose cousin, Natalie Teter, is the associate producer. Alumni and current students will be participating in the production and the LBM team is actively creating opportunities for student involvement.

The story is about Jimmie's life and dream to get back the home his grandfather built in the Fillmore in the 1940s. The bigger story is about gentrification, displacement, homelessness, family, and San Francisco.

Last year, Talbot and his team made a short film, AMERICAN PARADISE, which screened at Sundance, SXSW and SF International Film Festival. It won Best Narrative Short at Nashville Film Festival and was a staff-pick premiere on Vimeo. Watch the short here.

Last Stop Livermore, a film Joe and Jimmie made in high school, was a finalist in the Golden Gate Awards of the San Francisco International Film Festival. The film has been shown at Best of Media Nite by Media Department directors, Scott Eberhardt & Salome Milstead.