How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy it) (2006)

How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy it)
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 25mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords 1970s, filmmaking, race relations
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Joe Angio Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Michael Solomon Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Jane Rizzo Editor n/a 172 7000001
Jeremy Parise Music n/a 120781 8000001
Kiki Goshay Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Michael Solomon Producer n/a 3 3000001
Melvin Van Peebles Actor Himself 1 1000002
Spike Lee Actor Himself 1 1000003
Joe Angio Director n/a 2 2000001
Mario Van Peebles Actor Himself 1 1000001
1971: Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song crashed the box office charts despite being an all-Black indie production before there was such a thing, became mandatory viewing for the Black Panthers, roiled nationwide controversy, and practically jump-started the whole Blaxploitation genre (even though the film itself was anything but). But its maker, Chicagoan Melvin Van Peebles, had already been an Air Force officer, San Francisco cable car conductor, novelist (in French!), painter, sculptor, pioneer rapper (as "Brer Soul"), etc. etc.--and would go on to become a twice-Tonynominated Broadway playwright (Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death and Don't Play Us Cheap), Wall Street trader, local news commentator and--"like a bee going from flower to flower taking a little from everywhere"--a globe-trotting Don Juan.