In the spirit of his legendary father Melvin, Mario Van Peebles directs BAADASSSSS! a docudrama about the making of the notorious SWEET SWEETBACKS BAADASSSSS SONG. In 1971, when he was on the verge of becoming one of the first major black Hollywood directors, Melvin opted to take a risk, go against audience expectations, and shoot a controversial film instead. He wound up making one of the first truly independent motion pictures. Marios faux documentary revisits this time and place, charting the tumultuous journey of that films production. Stepping into the tight jeans, boots, and moustache of his father, Mario is joined by Ossie Davis, Saul Rubinek, Paul Rodriguez, Rainn Wilson, and Khleo Thomas--who plays the adolescent Mario. After an incredibly taxing production in which members of the crew were arrested and a desperate Melvin had to borrow money from Bill Cosby (T.K. Carter), he was forced to distribute the film on his own, opening it on one screen in Detroit. A lacklustre matinee had him worried, but by that night, the line outside the theatre was around the block and a sensation had begun. Marios reverence both for his father, and for the material, shines through in every moment of BAADASSSSS! resulting in a film that is as much a celebration of family as it is an ode to the craft of cinema itself.
Feature Commentary By Mario And Melvin Van Peebles, Q And A With Melvin Van Peebles At The American Cinematheque, Featurette Birth Of Black Cinema
Release Date: 28 November 2005
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Running Time: 108 minutes
Main Language: English