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TONIGHT: Post-Screening Q&A w/ Melvin Van Peebles At Black Panther Film Fest 'Sweetback' Event

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2013 6:09 PM
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The 5th annual Black Panther Party Film Festival, produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with Maysles Cinema here in NYC, opens its doors this evening, running in 2 sections - first from September 27th-28th, and then from October 3rd-5th.Included in the festival's lineup this year is a special (and very fitting) screening of Melvin Van Peebles'Sweet Sweetback's Baasasssss Song, TONIGHT at 7pm, which will be followed by a Q&A with Mr Van Peebles himself, who'll be present, live.I'm only just finding out about this (the email announcement was buried in my spam folder), so sorry for the short notice! If you're in NYC, and you're looking for something to do this evening, head on up (or down, depending on where you live) to Harlem, for tonight's screening and Q&A with the man himself.Without further ado, here's the full festival schedule, courtesy of Maysles:NOT TO BE MISSED. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

Renaissance Man Melvin Van Peebles Headlines Mixed Media Art Exhibit Opening Today

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2013 6:41 PM
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Melvin Van Peebles, who turned 81 years old about a month ago, is making his visual art debut, with a program titled eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles & Artists on the Cusp, opening at Harlem's Strivers Gardens Gallery (300 West 135th Street), TODAY, September 19, running through November 7.

Renaissance Man Melvin Van Peebles Celebrates 81st Birthday w/ Mixed Media Art Centerpiece

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 8, 2013 7:18 PM
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Melvin Van Peebles will be 81 years old in just about 2 weeks, and in celebration (amongst other things), the renaissance man will be making his visual art debut, when a program titled eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles & Artists on the Cusp, opens at Harlem's Strivers Gardens Gallery (300 West 135th Street), on September 19, running through November 7.

A Picture And An Appreciation Of Melvin

  • By Sergio
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  • July 18, 2013 6:25 PM
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As Tambay noted not too long ago, Melvin Van Peebles is “80 years old this year and still going strong.”

Melvin Van Peebles To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At Chicago Movies And Music Festival

  • By Sergio
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  • February 21, 2013 6:13 PM
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Melvin Van Peebles will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achivement Award at the 5th annual Chicago International Movies and Music Festival which will run from April 18-21.

Revisit 'The Story Of A Three-Day Pass' On Melvin Van Peebles' 80th Birthday (His 1st Feature)

  • By Malcolm Woodard
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  • August 21, 2012 7:31 PM
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If I may toss in my own little piece of acknowledgement of Melvin Van Peebles' 80th birthday today (see Tambay's post earlier today HERE).

Melvin Van Peebles Is 80 Years Old Today... The Master Provocateur Is Still Going Strong

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 21, 2012 10:42 AM
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Happy 80th birthday to Melvin Van Peebles - one of those milestone birthdays, for a man who directed, quite possibly, one of the most polarizing black films ever made, the 1971 film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, with the intellectual and ideological fissure happening especially across class lines within the black community at the time.

Melvin Van Peebles Will Celebrate 80th Birthday w/ Surprise-Filled Tribute At Film Forum

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 11, 2012 11:38 AM
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The event is about a week and a half from today, August 21, so if you're in NYC, or plan to be, you're encouraged to purchase tickets now - $12.50 general. 

38th Annual Deauville American Film Fest Will Pay Homage To Career Of Melvin Van Peebles

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 17, 2012 5:57 PM
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A snippette from the much longer press release (which is in French, meaning I had to put my translation skills to work - thanks to Google)...

Exclusive: A Glimpse Into The Extraordinary Life That Belongs To Melvin Van Peebles

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2012 10:42 AM
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I recall the very first time I saw Melvin Van Peebles in person, at a Museum Of The Moving Image tribute event in early 2008 for the late St Clair Bourne, who'd recently passed (December 2007).