Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto

Melvin Van Peebles Mario Van Peebles


Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto

  • Title: Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto
  • Author: Melvin Van Peebles Mario Van Peebles
  • ISBN: 9781560256335
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback



In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles s independently produced film Sweet Sweetback s Baadasssss Song became the top grossing independent film of that year, helped usher in the blaxploitation genre, and served as the flag bearer for independent filmmakers Melvin s original diary of his struggles to conceptualize, finance, film, and distribute Sweetback will become an indispensableIn 1971, Melvin Van Peebles s independently produced film Sweet Sweetback s Baadasssss Song became the top grossing independent film of that year, helped usher in the blaxploitation genre, and served as the flag bearer for independent filmmakers Melvin s original diary of his struggles to conceptualize, finance, film, and distribute Sweetback will become an indispensable guide for aspiring filmmakers Melvin is the authentic pioneer, and his achievement and the determination he displayed are eye opening and inspiring As son Mario Van Peebles who made his debut in Sweetback recalls in his Introduction, Melvin was forced to self finance, constantly on the brink of ruin, his crew got arrested and jailed, death threats, and yet at first he refused to submit his film to the all white MPAA ratings board for approval The film then received an X rating My dad, true to form, printed t shirts that read Rated X by an all white jury and made it part of his marketing campaign Mario reflects on his father s example and contrasts Melvin s guerrilla filmmaking with the possibilities technological, economic, and cultural open to filmmakers, especially black filmmakers, today Photographs are included in this incredible filmmaking manifesto.


Recent Comments "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto"

It's fun, for sure. There's no denying Melvin Van Peeble's skill at turning a phrase and the chapter by his son is enjoyable. In fact, if you want to get the story of how such an important film was made then I'd actually recommend you watch Mario's portrayal of his father in "Baadasssss". Melvin's take is important, obviously, but it is riddled with so much of his signature bravado that it's difficult to feel like you aren't reading a lot of what got him so far in life - advertising for himself, [...]


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