Searching for Sugar Man


State Theatre Tue, Jul 31, 2012 6:00 PM
City Opera House Tue, Jul 31, 2012 7:00 PM
State Theatre Tue, Jul 31, 2012 10:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Opening Night
Release Year:2012
Runtime:85 min
Production Country:Sweden, UK
Original Language:English
Web Site:
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Malik Bendjelloul
Produced by:Simon Chinn
Malik Bendjelloul
Screenwriter:Malik Bendjelloul
Cinematography:Camilla Skagerström
Editing By:Malik Bendjelloul
Music By:Sixto Rodriguez
Malik Bendjelloul


Destined to be one of the most-remembered TCFF opening night films, “Searching for Sugar Man” is the true story of a singer-songwriter from Detroit who was once certain to become a superstar—only to end up out on the street before his career ever began, recording contract voided, never to be heard from again. Years later, in the 1970s, a bootleg of one of his albums wound up at a radio station in South Africa. There, it spread like wildfire among the anti-apartheid youth. And thus this man’s music, never having been really played in his own country (the USA), was suddenly, in South Africa, as famous as The Beatles! Be ready to be uplifted by this very Michigan story about a man long forgotten whose musical legacy will live on forever, and experience the magic of great cinema right here in Traverse City.


In Person: Director Malik Bendjelloul.


The Opening Night Event at the State Theatre runs from 6-8:30 pm and will be an evening you won't soon forget. The film is be preceded by a Tribute to Susan Sarandon, who will be with us in person! "Searching for Sugar Man" will then screen, followed by a Q&A with director Malik Bendjelloul, who will have journeyed all the way from Sweden to join us. 

Additional Information


Mark Newham & Cynthia Johnson (6 pm)

Critter Control (7 pm)