Melvin Van Peebles is a true innovator and produced the first successful independent film in America. He ushered in the genre of Blaxploitation films. He made a cool 10 million dollars and most of it way pure profit. He had no investors, because know one would contribute. Though the images may have been somewhat sterotypical, the black folks were starved to see images of themselves. The way he got the movie made, with unknown actors, was incredible. Of course once the movie was made, distribution was a problem. So what did he do? He took the movie to be shown where the folks were.