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Jimmie Fails, Actor and writer

Jimmie Fails is an actor and writer best known for his work in The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

Jimmie constructed the story and cowrote The Last Black Man in San Francisco with his best friend and longtime collaborator, Joe Talbot, who directed the film. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, the movie won the award for best directing and a Special Jury Prize for creative collaboration. A nationwide release followed to wide critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive reviews. Jimmie won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's (LAFCA) New Generation Award for his performance and was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for best screenplay.

The fable-like story is based on Jimmie's real life, tracing his experience of his childhood home, his neighborhood, and the effects of the gentrification of San Francisco, while exploring themes of community, home, family, belonging, race, and class. The cast also includes Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Mike Epps, and Finn Wittrock. Jimmie and Joe Talbot's first collaboration, the short film American Paradise, also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2017) and was a creative precursor to the feature-length film.

Fails' upcoming films include roles in both Pieces of a Woman and Un-Corked.

Current Program


Upcoming Program

Personal Growth
The BOX Sessions
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Join award-winning writer Laura Holson hosting a weekend with wildly popular The Moth radio show and podcast, cooking sensation Samin Nosrat, director Jon M. Chu, MacArthur “genius grant” winner Lynda Barry, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and an original group of Oscar winners and world-class artists. In workshops and breakout sessions, you will explore your sense of wonder and curiosity, experience the power of community, and learn that you are a creative person—perhaps in dimensions you never realized.

Past Program