Suprise show at Zebulon LA & Sweetback screening.

Burnt Sugar at Zebuon LA

Thrilled to announce a sec­ond LA area hit. Beyond thrilled to be reunit­ed with our dear friends at Zebu­lon LA.
Many a sweet mem­o­ry was made at the dear­ly missed out­post in Williams­burg, Brook­lyn.
To make it extra spe­cial, our per­for­mance will be pre­ced­ed by a screen­ing of “Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song”.
Writ­ten, edit­ed, direct­ed and star­ring our friend and men­tor, Melvin Van Pee­bles.

“Melvin Van Pee­bles, made “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” a land­mark in the birth of African-Amer­i­can cin­e­ma.”
— Roger Ebert

“After sav­ing a Black Pan­ther from some racist cops, a black male pros­ti­tute goes on the run from “the man” with the help of the ghet­to com­mu­ni­ty and some dis­il­lu­sioned Hells Angels.”
–JoJo­Mac

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is a 1971 Amer­i­can inde­pen­dent action thriller film writ­ten, pro­duced, scored, edit­ed, direct­ed by and star­ring Melvin Van Pee­bles. His son Mario Van Pee­bles also appears in a small role, play­ing the title char­ac­ter as a young boy. It tells the picaresque sto­ry of a poor black man on his flight from the white author­i­ty.

Huey P. New­ton cel­e­brat­ed and wel­comed the film’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary impli­ca­tions, and Sweet­back became required view­ing for mem­bers of the Black Pan­ther Par­ty. Accord­ing to Vari­ety, it demon­strat­ed to Hol­ly­wood that films which por­trayed “mil­i­tant” blacks could be high­ly prof­itable, lead­ing to the cre­ation of the blax­ploita­tion genre.”

Spe­cial thanks to Xenon Pic­tures
Melvin Van Pee­bles’ long time dis­tri­b­u­tion part­ners Xenon Pic­tures are cur­rent­ly restor­ing “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song” from orig­i­nal film ele­ments (in part­ner­ship with Vine­gar Syn­drome) for release in 2018!