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‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’: The heartbreak that comes with gentrification

Jimmie Fails stars as Jimmie Fails in THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, an A24 release. Credit: P
Jimmie Fails stars as Jimmie Fails in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”
(Peter Prato / A24)

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is a film about a friendship, a family, a house, a city, and its community. San Francisco serves as a stand-in for cities across the country undergoing gentrification.

The film, which won two prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, captures the deep sense of loss that overcomes families who are pushed from their homes and stripped of their communal experience.

It’s another installment in the recent wave of films out of the Bay Area made by people of color — about people of color.

Host Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus) talks with colleagues @GerrickKennedy, @JustinCChang and @JenYamato.

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This image released by Amazon Studios shows Emma Thompson in a scene from “Late Night.” (Emily Arago
Emma Thompson in a scene from "Late Night."
(Emily Aragones / AP)

Later on, Olsen talks about “Late Night” with critic @KennethTuran and film editor @geoffberkshire. What’s the future for this kind of smart, charming mid-level gem in a streaming world? Will they continue to fill up theaters?


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