Melvin Van Peebles is known as the "godfather of independent film and modern black cinema." He directed and stars in his film "Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy Footed Mutha."
The film is based on a graphic novel of the same name, which van Peebles also wrote. It's part-adventure, part-love story, "It's fun sometimes to let the ragged edges show," van Peebles said. "So that people can feel and see and understand. I like it like that."