This screening includes Watermelon Man
- Date and time:
- Fri, Jan 12, 2018, From 9:30–11:10 pm
- 1 hr 40 min
- Free, but ticketed.
Series: Race Swap
Melvin Van Peebles’ sole studio film, Watermelon Man, was produced in 1970 between his landmark independent films, The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968) and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971). In a comic hybrid of The Metamorphosis and Black Like Me, white insurance salesman Jeff Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) wakes up to find that he’s turned into an African American insurance salesman overnight. Features Van Peebles’ 1970 single “Love, That’s America,” embraced by Occupy Wall Street over 40 years later. Print courtesy of Black Film Center/Archive. Contains mature content. (16mm Presentation)