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American Paradise

Directed by Joe Talbot

Narrative Short
USA | 18 min | 2017

Featuring characters from the upcoming Sundance-supported feature-film THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, AMERICAN PARADISE is the unfortunately true story of Albert Buel, a (very) white man, whose brooding desperation leads him to rob a bank in a hyper-realistic ‘black-guy-mask.’ For Albert, it is not only an attempt to escape his depressed, small-town life; it is way to become someone else. But when the mask won’t come off his face, things go from black to blue.

American Paradise - Joe TalbotJoe Talbot
Director,  Writer

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 received a fellowship to the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab with his debut feature-film, The Last Black Man in San Francisco (currently in development), and was recently profiled in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces issue, as among the top new filmmakers to watch. Perhaps most proudly, though, for the lover of Old Hollywood, Talbot’s work has shown at San Francisco’s last two remaining cinema palaces: The Castro Theatre and The Roxie Theatre.

American Paradise - Poster

Film Information

Director: Joe Talbot
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 18 min
Rated: PG 13


Producers: Carlton Evans, Khaliah Neal, Natalie Teter 
Cinematographer/DP: Lorenzo Hagerman
Miles Ito, Joe Talbot
Luis Alfonso De la Parra, Joe Talbot

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