Sweet Sweetback movie screening, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, DJ Aaron M. Olson

Sweet Sweetback movie screening

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

DJ Aaron M. Olson

Special thanks to Xenon Pictures

Sun · October 29, 2017

7:30 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."
Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber
Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber
“A multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.” -- David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

“Its electric Miles with soul, Maggot Brain with a PHD, the Hendrix Evans band of dreams, the underwater funk some hear in A.R. Kane.” -- Robert Christgau

BURNT SUGAR, THE ARKESTRA CHAMBER is the creation of writer/guitarist/producer Greg Tate. Formed in 1999 and co-led with Dayton Ohio monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson, Burnt Sugar was conceived as a contemporary version of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew band, exploring the connective tissue binding jazz, rock, funk, twentieth century composition, and African music in a lyrical, seductive, exploratory, improvisational manner.

Employing “Conduction”, an interpretative system for improvisers developed by Lawrence“ Butch” Morris, Tate guides the band through improvisations on each of its song forms. As a result, each performance is an original mutation in tune with the collective personality of the audience as well as the individual character and talents of the players.

Arkestra Conductor Greg Tate says, "Burnt Sugar got the nerve to claim Sly Stone, Morton Feldman, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix and Jean Luc Ponty as progenitors. Our player-ranks include known Irish fiddlers, AACM refugees, Afro-punk rejects, unrepentant beboppers, feminist rappers, jitterbugging doo wopers, frankly loud funk-a-teers and rodeo stars of the digital divide. "BURNT SUGAR the ARKESTRA CHAMBER …. never smooth jass ….. just hella bumpy!”
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