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.
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
In the case of rain, show will be rescheduled.
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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 viewer 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.