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Melvin Van Peebles Remembered by Son Mario: “A Pioneer, a Maverick and One Cool Cat”

Melvin Van Peebles, a trailblazing Black filmmaker best known for 1971’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Here, one of his sons, Mario Van Peebles, a noted filmmaker in his own right, remembers his father publicly for the first time since his death. * * * 20 years […]

Melvin Van Peebles Will Receive Special Dedication in ‘Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death’ Broadway Revival

The planned Broadway revival of Melvin Van Peebles’ Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death is still on track for its 2022 debut, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed, following the death of the beloved actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer at the age of 89. The show’s spokesperson, Rick Miramontez, confirmed that the team is currently at […]

“A Life That Would Seem Beyond Belief If It Were Not All True”: Documentarian Remembers Melvin Van Peebles

I met Melvin Van Peebles, who died Tuesday at 89, at the Morning Star diner in New York City in March 1998. For seven years up to that point, I’d harbored a dream of making a documentary on his remarkable life, assembling a dossier on him thicker than the New York City phone book — […]

Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, David Alan Grier Remember Melvin Van Peebles: “The Blueprint and Inspiration for Multiple Generations of Filmmakers”

Upon learning that Melvin Van Peebles died Tuesday night at age 89, many Hollywood directors and writers took to social media to share how Van Peebles was a pioneer in filmmaking.  Van Peebles died at his home in Manhattan, his family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films announced in a statement. Considered by many to […]

Melvin Van Peebles, Godfather of Black Cinema, Dies at 89

He directed 'Watermelon Man,' did everything on 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' and wrote a pair of Broadway musicals.