Searching for Sugarman

A free screening of “Searching for Sugarman” will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26 at Star Hall courtesy of The Utah Film Circuit – Moab and the Grand County Public Library. The feature-length film is about a musician who discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers in the late ‘60s. The two were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. The album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa, and over the next two decades it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. The film won the Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Award, as well as the Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary and Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. [Courtesy photo]