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 night time, in keeping with a press release shared on social media.

“Dad knew that Black photos 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 ability, magnificence and interconnectivity of all folks.”

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

He was additionally an completed writer, playwright and an advocate for unbiased 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 non secular empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the worldwide cultural panorama via his movies, novels, performs and music,” the assertion learn.

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

Van Peebles was remembered in tributes Wednesday.

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

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“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 by which he completely danced his face off,” Jenkins wrote in a tweet. “The person simply completely LIVED.”

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