Beginning June 19 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles and June 26 at the Village East Cinema in New York City, the film will have a one-week run in each city to coincide with Rodriguez’s U.S. tour with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys). Tour dates are listed here: http://sugarman.org/tourdates.html
And for those who are not in Los Angeles or New York but would still like to check it out, the film is also currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD.
The Greatest ’70s Rock Icon Who Never Was …
Academy Award® Winner SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
Returns to Theaters for Limited Run Special Engagements in
New York City and Los Angeles
The Celebrated True Story of Musician Rodriguez is Currently Available
On Digital HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (June 9, 2015) – Sony Pictures Classics’ SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award® winning film (Best Documentary Feature, 2012) profiling the incredible but true story of rock musician Rodriguez, returns to theaters in June for special engagements in New York City and Los Angeles. Timed to Rodriguez’s U.S. tour with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN will be shown for one week limited engagements beginning June 19 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles and June 26 at the Village East Cinema in New York City.
Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar in the late 1960s by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album, which was expected to secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation, but in contrast, the album bombed and Rodriguez disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. Nonetheless, a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, his music became a phenomenon and an anthem for the people. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN follows two South African fans setting out to discover what really happened to their hero, leading them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a gifted songwriter with a penchant for lyrical flourishes influenced by Bob Dylan, and echoing Van Morrison’s jazz-rock-soul masterpiece,” the original motion picture soundtrack album to SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is the definitive collection of songs by 70s folk singer Rodriguez and features “I Wonder,” “Crucify Your Mind,” the classic song “Sugar Man,” and more from the award-winning film. Available now from Legacy Recordings / Light in the Attic, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is Rodriguez’s first album to appear on the Billboard Top 100 album chart and spent 11 weeks on the Top New Artist – Heatseekers chart – peaking at No. 1. It is available now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/SFSM-iTunes.
The film is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with bonus features including commentary with Director Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez, as well as two featurettes: “An Evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez,” which features the director and Rodriguez participating in fan Q&A; and “Making Sugar Man,” which provides a deeper look into the filmmakers’ process.
Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, he disappeared into oblivion – rising again like Lazarus in a completely different context a continent away. Unbeknownst to Rodriguez, he enjoyed a parallel life, full of acclaim and success, a world away. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
The film was directed by Malik Bendjelloul, produced by Simon Chinn, and co-produced by George Chignell and Nicole Stott. John Battsek served as executive producer.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN has a running time of approximately 86 minutes and has been rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references.
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