Melvin Van Peebles, trailblazing director and Black cinema champion, has died

Van Peebles, father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles, died at his residence on Tuesday evening, based on a press release shared on social media.

“Dad knew that Black pictures matter. If an image is value a thousand phrases, what was a film value? We need to be the success we see, thus we have to see ourselves being free,” Mario Van Peebles mentioned of his father’s work in his assertion. “True liberation didn’t imply imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the facility, magnificence and interconnectivity of all individuals.”

Melvin Van Peebles’ quite a few movie credit embrace “Watermelon Man” and “Candy Sweetback’s Baadasssss Tune.”

He was additionally an achieved creator, playwright and an advocate for impartial filmmakers.

His son, The Criterion Assortment and Janus Movies celebrated his contributions to the humanities in a press release.

“In an unparalleled profession distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and religious empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the worldwide cultural panorama by his movies, novels, performs and music,” the assertion learn.

“His work continues to be important and is being celebrated on the New York Movie Pageant this weekend with a fiftieth anniversary screening of his landmark movie ‘Candy Sweetback’s Baadasssss Tune’; a Criterion Assortment field set, ‘Melvin Van Peebles: Important Movies,’ subsequent week; and a revival of his play ‘Ain’t Presupposed to Die a Pure Dying,’ slated for a return to Broadway subsequent 12 months.”

Van Peebles was remembered in tributes Wednesday.

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins shared a reminiscence of the final time the 2 filmmakers have been collectively.

“He made essentially the most of each second, of EVERY single rattling body and admittedly, whereas the final time I spent any time with him was MANY years in the past, it was an evening during which he completely danced his face off,” Jenkins wrote in a tweet. “The person simply completely LIVED.”

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