Sweet Sweetback movie screening, Live Music by very special guests from New York! TBA

Sweet Sweetback movie screening

Live Music by very special guests from New York! TBA

Special thanks to Xenon Pictures

Sun ยท October 29, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Sweet Sweetback movie screening
Sweet Sweetback movie screening
Written, edited, and directed by Melvin Van Peebles, 97 minutes.

"Melvin Van Peebles, made "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," a landmark in the birth of African-American cinema."
-- Roger Ebert

"After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels."

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is a 1971 American independent action thriller film written, produced, scored, edited, directed by and starring Melvin Van Peebles. His son Mario Van Peebles also appears in a small role, playing the title character as a young boy. It tells the picaresque story of a poor black man on his flight from the white authority.

Huey P. Newton celebrated and welcomed the film's revolutionary implications, and Sweetback became required viewing for members of the Black Panther Party. According to Variety, it demonstrated to Hollywood that films which portrayed "militant" blacks could be highly profitable, leading to the creation of the blaxploitation genre.

Van Peebles wanted "a victorious film [...] where niggers could walk out standing tall instead of avoiding each other's eyes, looking once again like they'd had it." Van Peebles was aware of the fact that films produced by major studios would appear to be more polished than low-budget independently made features, and was determined to make a film that "[looked] as good as anything one of the major studios could turn out."
Special thanks to Xenon Pictures
Melvin Van Peebles' long time distribution partners Xenon Pictures are currently restoring "Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song" from original film elements (in partnership with Vinegar Syndrome) for release in 2018!
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039