“お父さんは黒の画像が重要であることを知っていました. 写真が千の言葉の価値がある場合, 映画の価値は何でしたか? 私たちは私たちが見る成功になりたいです, thus we need to see ourselves being free,” Mario Van Peebles said of his father’s work in a statement. “True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.”
彼の息子, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films celebrated his contributions to the arts in a statement.
“In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music,” 読んだ声明.
“His work continues to be essential and is being celebrated at the New York Film Festival this weekend with a 50th anniversary screening of his landmark film ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’; a Criterion Collection box set, メルヴィンヴァンピーブルズ: Essential Films, next week; and a revival of his play ‘Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death,’ slated for a return to Broadway next year.”
Van Peebles was remembered in tributes Wednesday.
“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins shared a memory of the last time the two filmmakers were together.
“He made the most of every second, of EVERY single damn frame and admittedly, while the last time I spent any time with him was MANY years ago, it was a night in which he absolutely danced his face off,” Jenkins wrote in a tweet. “The man just absolutely LIVED.”