The unfinished novel or film script is one of the classic dream bubbles. Many of those converging on Cannes this week will be the hopeful carting their inflated aspirations in folios and CDs. Perhaps few as fervently and messianically as Melvin Van Peebbles (played by his son Mario Van Pebbles in the 2003 production “Badassss”) did with his 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”. The 1971 script was about breakthrough ambitions for African Americans. And the 2003 script doubled down on this dream by charting the 1971 filmmaker’s odyssey to bring this story to life.
I especially love the quote from Bill Cosby (who was one of the one of the critical backers of the original film) which is a apropos adage for the death of dreams – “Follow your dream. But the first thing you have to do is wake up.”