Melvin Van Peebles, trailblazing director and Black cinema champion, has died

Van Peebles, father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles, died at his residence on Tuesday night time, according to a statement shared on social media.

“Father realized that Black pictures matter. If a image is well worth a thousand text, what was a motion picture worthy of? We want to be the results we see, as a result we require to see ourselves staying cost-free,” Mario Van Peebles stated of his father’s work in his assertion. “Accurate liberation did not indicate imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It intended appreciating the power, magnificence and interconnectivity of all people.”

Melvin Van Peebles’ a lot of movie credits include “Watermelon Person” and “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Music.”

He was also an achieved creator, playwright and an advocate for unbiased filmmakers.

His son, The Criterion Selection and Janus Films celebrated his contributions to the arts in a statement.

“In an unparalleled occupation distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and non secular empathy, Melvin Van Peebles manufactured an indelible mark on the worldwide cultural landscape by way of his films, novels, plays and new music,” the statement browse.

“His do the job carries on to be important and is being celebrated at the New York Movie Pageant this weekend with a 50th anniversary screening of his landmark film ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ a Criterion Selection box established, ‘Melvin Van Peebles: Critical Movies,’ future 7 days and a revival of his engage in ‘Ain’t Intended to Die a Purely natural Dying,’ slated for a return to Broadway subsequent calendar year.”

Van Peebles was remembered in tributes Wednesday.

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins shared a memory of the past time the two filmmakers were collectively.

“He produced the most of every single second, of Each and every single damn body and admittedly, although the previous time I used any time with him was Numerous yrs in the past, it was a night in which he completely danced his deal with off,” Jenkins wrote in a tweet. “The guy just definitely LIVED.”