Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song at Fort Greene Park

Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song at Fort Greene Park

Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song at Fort Greene Park

FORT GREENE PARK | Fort Greene

Rooftop Films and The Town Hall present Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking classic, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, set to a live score performed by the Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber in Fort Greene Park has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 8, 2019, featuring an in-person appearance by the living legend himself!

Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song was a cinematic milestone; within weeks of its April 1971 release it became the most successful independent feature in American film history.

Van Peebles financed, wrote, starred in, edited, produced and distributed the film. He composed the score himself and got a band of upstarts he met through his secretary to play his tunes for the soundtrack. That group, uncredited on the vinyl release, became more well-known a couple years later as Earth, Wind & Fire. Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber revisit Van Peebles' compositions, performing a live score remix with actors and band members reading from the original script while a silent print of "Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song" is projected onto the big screen on Fort Greene Park's Myrtle Avenue hill.

 

 

Date: Saturday, June 8th

Venue: Fort Greene Park
Address: Washington Park Street (DeKalb & Cumberland), Brooklyn, NY 11205
7:30 PM: Doors Open
8:00 PM: Twentieth Anniversary "Groiddest Schizznits” set by Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber
8:30 PM: Film/Performance Begins


FAQs
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Rooftop Films screenings at Fort Greene Park are open to all, but this event is specifically recommended for ages 18+. The film contains sequences of graphic sexual content, and parental discretion is advised.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
For a full list of Rooftop Films venues and directions visit www.rooftopfilms.com/venues

What can/can't I bring to the event?
No alcohol is permitted. Feel free to bring snacks!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, your printed ticket is not required. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.