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Directed by Melvin Van Peebles • 1957 • United States
Made in 1957 in San Francisco, SUNLIGHT is about a man who commits a petty crime out of love for a woman and features Melvin’s son Mario Van Peebles as the couple’s baby.
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The second short film Melvin Van Peebles made in San Francisco before decamping for Europe is a striking portrait of a group of day laborers competing to secure a job.
Directed by Melvin Van Peebles • 1961 • France
Made in 1961 in Paris, LES CINQ CENT BALLES is about a boy who tries to retrieve a five-hundred-franc note from a gutter.
This August 14, 1968, episode of the television program “Black Journal” features an interview with director Melvin Van Peebles, who was promoting the U.S. release of his first feature film, THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS.