The 1998 San Francisco Chronicle review by Edvins Beitiks describes some scenes as “downright mesmerizing” such as ”the one of TC passing out on Ocean Beach, to be found at sunrise by a couple of surfers - a shot that includes a woman falling off a horse, a fat lizard and 200 shadings of blue and orange. There are slow-mo's of people in a pool hall, laughing and throwing their arms around, a shot from a roof on Valencia above the 500 Club, of Richmond trains clanking through the rain, of Watson and Lois sharing memories of their first kiss, and close-ups of the pool balls themselves, dancing across a table, moving toward the screen.” Enriching the experience for locals, there is footage of the Tenderloin and other City settings as they existed twenty years ago, before dot-commerce altered the streets and skylines.
This flyer is from one of the many fundraising events held for the film. Other benefits included the support of Tom Waits, Gena Rowlands and Boz Scaggs as well as international pool stars Nick Varner, Mike Massey, Johnny Archer, Billy Aguero, Kim Davenport, and George Michaels.
Hyena, Hank. "Chalk Talk with Homeless Actors." San Francisco Chronicle October 20, 1998.
For additional reviews of the film, please see:
Ebert, Roger. "Chalk." Chicago Sun-Times October 27, 2000.
Stack, Peter. "Dirty Pool and Darkness in 'Chalk' S.F. Production is Gritty, Plodding." San Francsico Chronicle October 9, 1998.
Taubin, Amy. "Boiling Points." Village Voice August 22, 2000.