DGA Statement on the Passing of Melvin Van Peebles

Van Peebles Interview

September 22, 2021

Directors Guild of America President Lesli Linka Glatter made the following statement upon learning of the passing of Melvin Van Peebles:

“We lost a true legend today in so many senses of the word. Melvin Van Peebles was a cinematic icon whose bold and unapologetic work exploded on the scene, capturing the attention of our culture, inspiring the hearts and minds of so many, and influencing the work of countless filmmakers. Melvin was a constant presence at the Guild, always supporting and nurturing his fellow filmmakers. He also served on the Eastern Directors Council, and was proudly honored by the African American Steering Committee for his numerous contributions. Melvin’s mark on cinema will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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