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How to Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (And Enjoy It)

How To Eat Your Watermelon

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How to Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (And Enjoy It)

About the Film

Multi-talented and prolific, Melvin van Peebles defies categorization, boasting a life and career as diverse and unexpected as the art he’s best known for creating. A trailblazer of the tallest order who has at turns made his living as a filmmaker, a pilot, a novelist and a stockbroker, van Peebles was never deterred by opportunity that failed to knock; he’d simply build his own door and get on with it. After Hollywood rejected his early filmmaking efforts, his self-produced 1971 feature film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, earned more than $10 million at the box office and indelibly changed independent cinema forever.

A pioneer of rap music, a Tony-nominated playwright and a civil rights activist then and now, van Peebles’ remarkable life story is playfully and candidly chronicled, illuminating an artist and a man whose groundbreaking impact on art, politics and pop culture remains, forty-five years after the release of Sweet Sweetback, as relevant as ever.

Director: Joe Angio

Reactions

"The very essence of cool...a broad view of a remarkable life” - Joshua Land, Village Voice

“Vivid, inventive...proves conclusively that truth can be more fascinating and better structured than fiction.” - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“See it! A loving tribute to one of the strangest and most enjoyable figures to emerge from American pop culture in its entire history.” - Andrew O’Heir, Salon.com

"Frisky, enthralling and inspiring." - Gene Symour, Newsday

Awards & Festivals

  • Chicago International Film Festival 2005 - Nominee, Best Documentary

  • Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

  • Official Selection - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

  • Official Selection - Los Angeles Film Festival

  • Official Selection - San Francisco Black Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Featuring

Spike Lee
Mario Van Peebles
St. Clair Bourne
Gil Scott-Heron
Max Van Peebles
Elvis Mitchell

Crew

Director: Joe Angio
Producers: Michael Solomon
Writers: Joe Angio, Michael Soloman
Editor: Jane Rizzo
Original Music: Jeremy Parise

Technical Info

Production Year: 2005
Countries of Production: US
Languages: English
Running Time: 1h 25m
Screen Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Stereo

How to Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (And Enjoy It) - Press Page

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Awards & Festivals

  • Chicago International Film Festival 2005 - Nominee, Best Documentary

  • Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

  • Official Selection - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

  • Official Selection - Los Angeles Film Festival

  • Official Selection - San Francisco Black Film Festival

Reactions

"The very essence of cool...a broad view of a remarkable life” - Joshua Land, Village Voice

“Vivid, inventive...proves conclusively that truth can be more fascinating and better structured than fiction.” - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“See it! A loving tribute to one of the strangest and most enjoyable figures to emerge from American pop culture in its entire history.” - Andrew O’Heir, Salon.com

"Frisky, enthralling and inspiring." - Gene Symour, Newsday

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