Skip to main content

BAADASSSSS!

USA, 2004 (MIFF 2004, FedEx International Panorama)

Director: Mario Van Peebles

Baadasssss! USA

Mario Van Peebles was 13 when his filmmaking father, Melvin, asked him to perform his first on-screen sex scene in the groundbreaking 1971 blaxploitation flick Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song. Baadasssss! is Mario's loving and stylish dramatic recreation of his father's pioneering independent film career, literally stepping into Melvin's shoes to reignite the revolutionary fire that changed Hollywood.

After Melvin's first film, the French-funded Watermelon Man, was a financial success, Hollywood came knocking. Instead of toeing the line, Melvin (played by Mario) decided to not only bite the hand that feeds but to land a swift kick in Hollywood's crotch. Hiring a ragtag group of hustlers, hippies and wannabes, and battling one adversity after another, Melvin created a landmark in American cinema. Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song was not only a box-office hit, but it ushered in a new genre' blaxploitation'the far-reaching influence of which has left an indelible mark on world cinema.

'Baadasssss! vibrates with crazy energy.' -The Village Voice

D Mario Van Peebles P Mario Van Peebles, Dennis Haggerty, Tobie Haggerty, G. Marq Roswell S Mario Van Peebles, Dennis Haggerty WS Showtime TD 35mm/Col/2003/109mins

Mario Van Peebles was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1957. Films include: New Jack City (1991), Posse (1993), Panther (1995).

See also...

COFFEE AND CIGARETTES

Coffee and Cigarettes USA'When you're cool, you're cool and Coffee and Cigarettes is certified.' -VarietyUS indie film icon Jim Jarmusch has assembled a remarkable group of actors and musicians ... More »

RICK

Rick USA Bill Pullman (Lost Highway) stars as the title character in this (im)morality tale set in the cut-throat world of big business. Directed by frequent Gus Van Sant editor Curtiss Clayton, Rick ... More »

G-SALE

G-Sale USABogwood: the garage sale capital of the USA. A certain breed of person will spend every weekend combing through other folks' cast-off belongings looking for treasure in the form of an ... More »

ZERO DAY

Zero Day USAOn 1 May 2001 high-school pals Andre and Cal walked onto their school campus in Middle America with an arsenal of weaponry, intent on unleashing bloody mayhem. In the lead up to the ... More »

GRAFFITI ARTIST, THE

The Graffiti Artist USA,P>For 17-year-old Nick a can of spray paint is a way of life. Adrift in a lush, nocturnal urban landscape, he is out to destroy the system by making art on the maze of ... More »

ROADS TO KOKTEBEL

Roads to Koktebel (Koktebel) Russia Selected in Critic's Week at Cannes this year as the FIPRESCI Revelation of 2003, this emotionally engaging road movie, full of magical and arresting visuals, has ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director