Joe Talbot is a fifth-generation San Franciscan and an award-winning filmmaker. In 2019, his debut feature ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco,’ earned Joe the Best Director and Special Jury Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and multiple nominations at the Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards. The film, which was released by A24, is a co-creation with his childhood best friend and longtime professional collaborator Jimmie Fails, adapted from Fails’ life story. It was named a Critic’s Pick by the New York Times, where Manolah Dargis wrote that it was an “astonishing, haunting and indelibly beautiful story of love.” Rolling Stone called it the “best film of 2019.”
Joe first gained critical attention with his award-winning 2017 short film ‘American Paradise,’ which premiered at Sundance and also screened at SXSW, the LA Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, and many others, in addition to being a Vimeo Staff Pick. As the short gained attention, it led to the development of ‘Last Black Man’ with A24 and Brad Pitt’s Plan B.
Joe lives between Los Angeles and San Francisco and is currently developing his next feature film and television series through his newly formed film production company, Longshot Features, which he co-founded with Jimmy Fails.