Library to screen ‘Sugar Man’

MARQUETTE – DocuMonday will present the film “Searching for Sugar Man” at 7 p.m. June 3 in the Peter White Public Library Community Room.

In 1968, two producers went to downtown Detroit to see an unknown recording artist – a Mexican-American singer-songwriter named Rodriguez, who had attracted a local following with his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. Thinking they had found a musical folk hero, they produced an album with Rodriguez, “Cold Fact,” which was the masterpiece of their careers. Despite good reviews, “Cold Fact” was a commercial disaster and marked the end of Rodriguez’s recording career before it had even started, and he sank back into obscurity.

Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero’s fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.

The film is rated PG-13 and runs for 86 minutes. Admission is free.

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