Searching for Sugar ManUSA | 2012 | 85 min. | Not Rated | Documentary
Sunday March 10, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$10 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center
Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez
"Director Malik Bendjelloul's engaging, cleverly structured documentary about the legendary folk singer Rodriguez is shaped like a mystery."
--Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing."
--Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Beautiful and revelatory, Searching for Sugar Man also incorporates huge chunks of Rodriguez's music."
--Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A folk rock documentary that goes way behind the music to tell a story that seems pure urban legend."
--Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary ('12)