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Searching for Sugar Man

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New York Premiere

U.K., Sweden | 85 MINUTES | English |

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Documentary, Music
Aspiring '70s folk rock musician Rodriguez never made it big. Despite critical praise, his albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded promptly into obscurity, leaving behind only urban legends of a gruesome onstage suicide. But somehow a bootleg copy of his album made its way to apartheid South Africa, where his antiestablishment message and distinctive sound resonated with the youth protest movement there, making Rodriguez an instant superstar. Decades later, two intrepid fans decide to investigate whatever happened to the mysterious rocker. While initially frustrated by a dearth of leads, they eventually trace his roots to 1970s Detroit and a producer named Mike Theodore, who drops a bombshell that completely changes the nature of their investigation.

Truly stranger than fiction, this story of a Mexican-American folk singer from Detroit and his unforeseen success spans decades and continents, and is aptly unraveled to the soundtrack of Rodriguez' own haunting original songs. Ultimately the fans uncover a convoluted and unbelievable true story of success, obscurity, politics, and the power of music itself.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul and Malik Bendjelloul

Malik Bendjelloul has been directing music docs for 12 years with subjects like Kraftwerk, Bjork, Madonna, and U2. He recently directed a filmed concert with Prince.
Director
Malik Bendjelloul
Screenwriter
Malik Bendjelloul
Editor
Malik Bendjelloul
Producer
Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul
Co-Producer
George Chignell, Nicole Stott, Malla Grapengiesser
Director of Photography
Camilla Skagerstrom
Composer
Original songs by Sixto Rodriguez, with additional score by Malik Bendjelloul
Executive Producer
John Battsek
Sound Designer
Per Nystrom

CONTACTS

Print Source
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Submitter
Samantha Soto
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Technical Contact
Allison Mackie
Sony Pictures Classics
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Acquisitions Executive
Lindsay Macik
Sony Pictures Classics
550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212.833.8849
lindsay_macik@spe.sony.com
Acquisitions Executive
Tom Prassis
Sony Pictures Classics
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Press Contact
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Print Return
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Sony Pictures Classics
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michael_piaker@spe.sony.com
Main Contact
Samantha Soto
Sony Pictures Classics
550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212 833 8842
samantha_soto@spe.sony.com