Mario Van Peebles

Billy Bob Thorton and Mario Van Peebles To Be Guests at RIFF 2021

In its 18th year, RIFF 2021 returns from the limits of a virtual year with a long list of quality films, a star-studded guest lineup, and after-parties that keep the proverbial red carpet rolling into the night. As the schedule of films settles into place, RIFF has announced marquee film...

A Million Little Things: Ryan Hansen, Azie Tesfai and Mario Van Peebles to Guest-Star in Season 4

The Friends of Jon are getting a few new recruits. Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Azie Tesfai (Supergirl) and Mario Van Peebles (Damages) will recur on A Million Little Things this season, TVLine has learned exclusively. Hansen and Tesfai will debut in the Oct. 27 episode. He’ll play Camden, who is described as “a handsome and charming professional hockey player.” She’ll portray Cassandra, a very good publicist helping Rome with his documentary. Elsewhere in that episode, per the official synopsis: “Gary’s attempt to make things right for Sophie comes with unexpected repercussions. Eddie realizes Nicole needs help in her own ways, and Maggie connects more...
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‘Beautiful exit’: Mario Van Peebles reflects on his iconic father’s film and civil rights legacy

The worlds of cinema, theater, and civil rights are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Melvin Van Peebles, who died this week at the age of 89. Peebles paved the way for today’s forays into more diverse storytelling and casting decades before the mainstream commercial success of films like “Black Panther” and “Selma.” His son, Mario Van Peebles, joins MSNBC’s Ari Melber to reflect on his legacy.Sept. 24, 2021.

RIP Melvin Van Peebles: Mario Van Peebles, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins & More Remember The Iconic Filmmaker

As you probably already know, it was announced yesterday that the influential filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles, passed away. And as with the passing of any sort of filmmaking royalty, folks from the industry went to social media to share kind words. (In a sadly timely release, one of this month’s Criterion releases is a new box set of Van Peebles’ early films, including “The Story of A Three-Day Pass,” “Watermelon Man,” “Don’t Play Us Cheap,” and “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.”)
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Mario Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles Remembered by Son Mario: “A Pioneer, a Maverick and One Cool Cat”. Melvin Van Peebles, a trailblazing Black filmmaker best known for 1971’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Here, one of his sons, Mario Van Peebles, a noted…

Mario Van Peebles & Lauren Grace Media Developing Docuseries About Actor-Director And His Family

EXCLUSIVE: The personal story of multi-hyphenate Mario Van Peebles will come to TV. The actor, writer and director, known for New Jack City and Heartbreak Ridge, has teamed with Dorothy Toran and Leslie D. Farrell’s Lauren Grace Media to develop a docuseries about Van Peebles and his family. The series will focus on the close relationship the Superstition, All My Children and Rude Awakening actor shares with his four adult children: Maya, Mandela, Makaylo and Morgana. Mario Van Peebles’ acting credits include Ali, Bloodline and Baadasssss!. His directing credits include episodes of Empire, Superstition and 21 Jump Street. He has both directed and acted in Salt-N-Pepa,...

Mario Van Peebles On The Restoration of Melvin Van Peebles’ – ‘The Story of a Three Day Pass’ correspondent Ellen J. Wanjiru interviews Mario Van Peebles on the restoration of Melvin Van Peebles’ – ‘The Story of a Three Day Pass,‘ which is the first full-length film by one of cinema’s most important African American directors — his father, Melvin Van Peebles. We discuss the impetus and making of the 1968 French New Wave film, the New 4K restoration by IndieCollect in consultation with Mario Van Peebles, with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Melvin Van Peebles — the man, the maverick, plus more!

Interview: Mario Van Peebles on the Legacy of His Father’s “Story of a Three-Day Pass”

Released in 1971, Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song was a milestone film. Widely credited with inciting the blaxploitation genre of filmmaking, its success proved to studios that there was an audience for Black cinema—and to other independent filmmakers how much could be achieved outside the studio system. When a work has that level of impact, though, what came before it can be easily overshadowed. For Van Peebles, Sweetback was far from his first foray into filmmaking.