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'Searching for Sugar Man' Wins Producers Guild Doc Nomination

30 November 2012 11:41 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"Searching for Sugar Man" is the best-known of the five films whose producers have been nominated for documentary motion pictures by Producers Guild of America, which announced its nominations on Friday. Malik Bendjelloul's film about the rediscovery of '70s recording artist Rodriguez joined a slate of nominees that also includes Jon Shenk's doc about the outsted president of the Maldives, "The Island President"; Marius A. Merkevicius' story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, "The Other Dream Team"; Dror Moreh's chronicle of some members of the Israeli intelligence services, "The Gatekeepers"; »

- Steve Pond

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PGA Announces Documentary Film Nominees

30 November 2012 11:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Producers Guild of America has nominated five films, ranging from Aaron Yeger's A People Uncounted to Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man, for its Documentary Motion Picture Award. The nominees also include Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers, Jon Shenk's The Island President and Marius A. Markevicius' The Other Dream Team. The nominees tackle a range of social issues and feature a number of striking personalities. A People Uncounted looks at the history of the Roma people of Central and Eastern Europe, also known as gypsies, who faced annihilation under the Nazis, while The Other Dream Team, which is being distributed by

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- Gregg Kilday

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Searching for Sugar Man

29 November 2012 8:32 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 22, 2013, Digital Release Date: Jan. 8, 2013

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Documentary Searching for Sugar Man explores a rock god who almost was.

In the late 1960s, musician Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers. They loved his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics and thought the world would feel the same.

They recorded an album that was expected to secure Rodriguez as a rock star, the greatest recording artist of his generation, but instead, the album bombed in the U.S., and Rodriguez disappeared amid rumors of an on-stage suicide.

A bootleg copy of the recording made its way into apartheid South Africa, and within two decades, the music became a phenomenon and an anthem for the people.

In Searching for Sugar Man, two South African fans try to find out what happened to their hero.

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- Sam

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"First Cousin" Claims Top Idfa Prize; "Sugar Man" Takes Both Audience and Music Awards at Dutch Doc Event

24 November 2012 1:11 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The awards for the 25th anniversary International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) were announced in a ceremony today, covering the various competition sections of the world's largest documentary event. Alan Berliner's Nyff entry, "First Cousin Once Removed," a moving portrait of Edwin Honig facing Alzheimer's, took Idfa's top honor, the Vpro Idfa Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, a distinction that comes with a hefty €12,500 prize. Esther Hertog's "Soldier on the Roof," a look at a small community of Jewish settlers in the overwhelmingly Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron, claimed both the First Appearance Award and the Best Dutch Documentary Award, a total of €10,000. Also taking home two nods was Malik Bendjelloul, whose "Searching for Sugar Man" received €7,500 between his Audience Award and Best Music Documentary Award, repeating the film's double win from its premiere at the beginning »

- Basil Tsiokos

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Doc Feature Oscar Voters Face Rough Process This Year

21 November 2012 1:18 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Never have so many worthy docs been produced and released into the indie marketplace. There's a complex set of filtering systems that throw the docs at the Academy branch. Film festivals are one sort of gatekeeper for the plethora of terrific low-budget docs made these days, while awards groups are another, from the upcoming critics groups to  Doc NYC, the International Documentary Association and the Cinema Eye Honors. A movie like Eugene Jarecki's "The House I Live In" won the grand jury doc prize at Sundance, which also boosted the profiles of Malik Bendjelloul's moving music doc "Searching for Sugar Man" and Lauren Greenfield's profile of the super-rich "The Queen of Versailles," both acquired on opening night and both indie hits theatrically. Sundance also launched Kirby Dick's damning military-rape documentary "The Invisible War," which helped to change Department of Defense policy, Amy Berg's murder »

- Anne Thompson

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Doc NYC Kicks Off with 'Artifact' & 'Venus and Serena'; High-Profile Oscar Hopefuls

7 November 2012 12:37 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Doc NYC, in its third year, runs November 8-15 and kicks off with two opening night films, "Artifact" and "Venus and Serena," which premiered amidst controversy at Tiff. Director Bartholomew Cubbins' "Artifact," making its Us premiere, follows Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, while Maiken Baird and Michelle Major "Venus and Serena" grants audiences unprecedented access into the lives of the tennis world's famous Williams' sisters. The festival will close with Ken Burns' "The Central Park Five." Also playing at the festival are several high-profile docs and possible Oscar contenders including Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man" and Bart Layton's "The Imposter" (which both recently topped the Cinema Eye nominations), Amy Berg's "West of Memphis," Rory Kennedy's "Ethel," David France's "How to Survive a Plague," and Alex »

- Sophia Savage

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“The Imposter,” “Searching For Sugar Man” Top Cinema Eye Honors Noms

2 November 2012 9:34 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

At an event hosted by the AFI Film Festival today, Cinema Eye Honors announced its Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. Bart Layton’s The Imposter (pictured) and Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man led the pack, with five nominations each. Both films were nominated the group’s Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking Award, joining fellow nominees Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken Cameras; Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia; Matthew AkersMarina Abramovic The Artist is Present, and Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ Only the Young. Tippet and Mims, who Filmmaker selected for our 25 New Faces of 2012, had the most individual nominations, with four apiece.

Cinema Eye was founded in 2007 to honor achieve in non-fiction filmmaking. As the organization writes, “It was the first and remains the only international nonfiction award to recognize the whole creative team, presenting annual craft awards in directing, producing, cinematography, editing, composing and graphic design/animation. »

- Scott Macaulay

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'The Imposter' and 'Searching for Sugar Man' Top Cinema Eye Nominations

2 November 2012 4:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With five nominations each, "The Imposter" and "Searching for Sugar Man" topped the 6th annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. Nominees for the top award, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, are Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi for "5 Broken Cameras," Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s "Detropia," Bart Layton’s "The Imposter," Matthew Akers’ "Marina Abramović The Artist is Present," Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ "Only the Young" and Malik Bendjelloul’s "Searching for Sugar Man." "Detropia," "Only the Young," "Room 237" and "¡Vivan las Antipodas!" received four nominations each. Cinema Eye is often posited as an alternative to the Academy Awards' best-documentary race, which has had to fight the perception of overlooking popular and well-regarded documentaries every year. Read »

- Dana Harris

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News Nuggets: 'Homeland' renewed for a third season

23 October 2012 11:57 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

International Documentary Association announces is 2012 nominations. From the press release: "This 28th edition of the world’s most prestigious awards for nonfiction filmmaking takes place on Friday, December 7th at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles ... The five films nominated in Ida’s Feature category are: 'The Central Park Five,' Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon’s compelling recounting of the high profile trial and wrongful conviction of five young men in one of New York’s most sensational criminal cases; 'The Invisible War,' Kirby Dick’s exposé of the staggering prevalence of rape in the military, and the profound consequences for those who experience it or try to report it; 'Queen of Versailles,' Lauren Greenfield’s portrait of a modern day Gilded Age family and inside look at the world inhabited only by the super-rich; 'Searching for Sugar Man,' Malik Bendjelloul »

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Festival Favorites Lead Ida Awards Nominations, Including ‘The Invisible War’ and ‘Queen of Versailles’

22 October 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As October slowly winds to a close, the air turns crisper, the leaves go red(der?), and the mailboxes of film critics everywhere find themselves stuffed quite fuller, as we enter into (drum roll, please), Official Awards Season. As we approach the bevy of awards shows and spectacles, it’s time to start rolling out the first wave of big-time nominations. Today, that wave includes documentaries. The 28th International Documentary Association Awards have today announced their five nominations for their Feature category, and there are certainly some recognizable names among the picks. Most notably, Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man, and Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War all made the cut, joined by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon’s The Central Park Five and Peter Gerdehag’s Women With Cows. Versailles and Sugar Man have both consistently played on the festival circuit this past year, and »

- Kate Erbland

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Top Ida Doc Nominees Deal With Rock, Rape, Race, Riches - And Cows

22 October 2012 9:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kirby Dick's wrenching military-rape documentary "The Invisible War," Malik Bendjelloul's touching music doc "Searching for Sugar Man" and Lauren Greenfield's damning tale of the super-rich "The Queen of Versailles" (photo below) are among the five films nominated for the International Documentary Association's top award for documentary features, the organization announced on Monday. Ken Burns', Sarah Burns' and David McMahon's tale of injustice in New York, "The Central Park Five," and the offbeat Tell Aulin and Peter Gerdehag film "Women With Cows" were also nominated for the award, which will be handed »

- Steve Pond

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Sugarman to be featured on 60 Minutes

5 October 2012 2:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For those of you who have seen the superb documentary Searching For Sugarman or if you’re still thinking about seeing it, here’s some news about the film. It will be featured in a piece on October 7′s edition of the long-running CBS news magazine TV show ” 60 Minutes “. Now if you’re going to record it with a DVR device be sure and allow extra end time in case the football game runs over ( 30 minutes would be safe, I think ). Here’s the press release:

New York (October 3, 2012) . CBS .60 Minutes. correspondent Bob Simon will spotlight artist/musician Rodriguez and director Malik Bendjelloul.s critically-acclaimed documentary Searching For Sugar Man on the show this Sunday, October 7th at 7pm Et/Pt.  The film was released by Sony Pictures Classics on July 27th and is continuing to expand nationwide. The film’s soundtrack album is now available from Legacy Recordings/Light In The Attic. »

- Jim Batts

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'60 Minutes' to Profile 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez on October 7

4 October 2012 10:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Call it Sony Pictures Classics' wet dream. While "Searching for Sugar Man" is still in release in smart-houses around the country, CBS's "60 Minutes" has cottoned to the amazing story of artist and musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, the star of director Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary. Their profile will air this Sunday, October 7 at 7 Pm Est/Pst.  The doc opened the 2012 Sundance Festival, where it won the doc World Cinema Audience Award as well as a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit.  Spc released the film on July 27 and it has continued expanding to theaters nationwide. "Searching for Sugar Man" tells the story of a politically uncompromising musician who took American protest music to new levels in the early 1970s with his two albums, "Cold Fact" and "Coming From Reality."  After the albums failed to sell, he vanished from public »

- Maggie Lange

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Searching For Sugarman – The Review

26 September 2012 3:21 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Want to experience a documentary that will truly lift your spirits? Seems that real crime and corruption dominate most of the theatrical doc landscape these days. That’s not to say that they aren’t enlightening and to a degree entertaining ( like The Imposter and The Queen Of Versailles ), but this flick could really compete for that tired tagline, ” The feel good film of the year”. Searching For Sugarman is about following your dreams and not giving in when doors are slammed in your face. And it’s a glorious saga that explores how life can deliver one heckuva’ second act, cause’ it ain’t over til the husky lady sings…or the long-haired fella’ wearing the dark shades strums an encore.

This is the story of early 1970′s recording artist Rodriguez. Sixto Rodriguez to be exact. Consider yourself a music buff, but the name doesn’t ring a bell? »

- Jim Batts

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Sixto Rodriguez: the Sugar Man returns

3 September 2012 7:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The hero of Searching for Sugar Man made his return to the New York stage this weekend. Joy was unconfined

It's a few minutes before 8pm. Outside the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea, in lower Manhattan, scores of people are queuing in a desperate hope they'll be able to get their hands on tickets for the gig taking place there tonight. Doors opened at 6, and the limited number of on-the-night tickets were snapped up instantly by those at the front of the queue. Two hours later, fans are still hanging around, asking, hoping for spares. That fervour is significant, as is the fact that Sixto Rodriguez, the headline act, has sold out the venue.

Forty-two years ago, when the Detroit-born musician released his debut album, Cold Fact, that wouldn't have happened. It probably wouldn't have occurred four months ago. But since the July release of Searching for Sugar Man, Swedish director »

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Music Documentary Worth the Search

29 August 2012 7:35 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Searching for Sugar Man

This documentary film, ostensibly about obscure Michigan-based Mexican-American songwriter Sixto Rodriquez, is just as much about music geeks and the lengths to which they will go when the subject is their favorite artists. Oh, there's plenty about Rodriguez, who under his last name only made a pair of lush folk LPs for the Sussex label, released in 1970 (Cold Fact) and 1971 (Coming from Reality) and then faded from sight.

We're played a fine selection of his songs, and eventually we hear from the man himself, both speaking (though not much) and performing. That said, director Malik Bendjelloul structured the film around some South African superfans' search for their hero. Oddly, this artist who hardly sold any albums in his home country was quite popular in South Africa, something he was unaware of at the time. (Cold Fact in particular was held in high regard there.) The »

- SteveHoltje

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Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 007 Documentary To be Released October 5, 2012

28 August 2012 4:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films are proud to announce their new feature documentary Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 007 directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon), produced by John Battsek (One Day In September, The Tillman Story) and Simon Chinn (Man On Wire, Project Nim) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of James Bond films on October 5. Country specific release plans to be announced shortly.

Everything Or Nothing focuses on three men with a shared dream . Bond producers Albert R. BroccoliHarry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It’s the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962. With unprecedented access both to the key players involved and to Eon Productions’ extensive archive, this is the first time the inside story of the franchise has ever been told on screen in this way. Director Stevan Riley »

- Michelle McCue

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How to Find and Work With the Right Publicist to Guide Your Film Through a Festival in 9 Easy Steps

23 August 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Most rookie independent filmmakers would kill to have a large publicity firm handling their baby as it takes its first steps into the often overwhelming world of film festivals. However, a smaller, more hands-on “boutique” publicist may be a better choice for the first-timer. Someone like Susan Norget, who runs a tight operation in New York and can be counted on to bring an eclectic, quality film slate to each festival. Some of her more prominent international clients are Lars von Trier and Olivier Assayas, who have been turning to her for their U.S. releases for years and whose films “Melancholia” and “Carlos” she represented at Cannes. She also handled Malik Bendjelloul’s critically acclaimed documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” this year and the Irish indie “Once,” which both won audience awards at Sundance and were picked up for North American distribution immediately after their world premieres. She's »

- Natasha Senjanovic

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'Searching for Sugar Man' finally brings an unsung crooner to light back home

13 August 2012 9:52 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Saturday night I shelled out cash to see Sundance hit "Searching for Sugar Man."  Malik Bendjelloul's documentary tells the incredible story of musician Sixto Rodriguez, who crashed and burned with record sales in the States in his time (the early 1970s) but became an inspiration for South Africans fighting Apartheid throughout the decade and into the 1980s. Of course, the kicker is Rodriguez (his stage name) never knew about his worldwide success (he was also huge in Australia). Many fans had come to believe the myth -- different depending on who's telling the tale -- that he had killed himself on stage in some »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Searching for Sugar Man’ is an enjoyable portrait of an unsung artist; just don’t go Googling beforehand

12 August 2012 2:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Searching for Sugar Man

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

UK/Sweden, 2012

One problem the modern narrative documentary faces in the time of instantaneous online information is that the various twists and turns they present may well already be known to a viewer beforehand, them having looked into basic details about the documentary’s subject prior to watching. Searching for Sugar Man has a prominent role for (much earlier days) of the internet in its story, but the tool now presents a problem for director Malik Bendjelloul. The film concerns exploring what happened to Rodriguez, a Detroit musician whose records tanked in America and whose profile was miniscule. In South Africa, however, his first album is viewed as having fuelled the underground music revolution that helped influence the country’s resistance to apartheid. Rodriguez reportedly sold more records there than Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones, but no one knew anything about the man, »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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