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July 26, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
“Searching for Sugar Man” Rodriguez Sony Legacy / Light in the Attic Records 3 stars (out of 4) Singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez was an obscure name on American soil, but he unknowingly became a major pop star in South Africa when his psychedelic soul recordings made their way out of 1970s Detroit and were later adopted as protest anthems by anti-apartheid youths. Now, he and his work are the subject of a hit film-festival documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man,” and the movie's soundtrack.
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March 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
In the first season to come together after last year's closing of the long-running Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, the similarly sized Greek Theatre in Griffith Park is unveiling a noticeably busier 2014 season, with shows by many of the acts that had played the Gibson in years past. David Byrne will headline a May 8 show built around the music of Nigerian electro-pop musician William Onyeabor also featuring members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem and others; Los Lobos will host the band's third Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 3 with Ozomatli and Mariachi El Bronx; New Order will perform on July 13; Dierks Bentley tops a multi-artist country bill on Aug. 8; and Tejano band Intocable arrives on Oct. 24. In fact, the Greek has a substantial slate of Latino and Hispanic acts confirmed, also including Argentine jazz pianist Raúl di Blasio (May 31)
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November 30, 2012 | By Susan King
The Producers Guild of America on Friday announced the documentary motion picture nominees for its 2013 awards. The nominees are: "A People Counted" "The Gatekeepers" "The Island President" "The Other Dream Team" "Searching for Sugar Man" The other 2013 PGA categories and individual producers are to be announced on Jan. 3. The awards are scheduled to be handed out Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Bob and Harvey Weinstein, J.J. Abrams, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Russell Simmons are set to receive special honors at the ceremony.
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January 30, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
"Searching for Sugar Man," the absorbing investigation into the whereabouts of an elusive '70s singer-songwriter, won the Academy Award for feature documentary last year. It was the first time that the entire body of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could vote on the category. In previous years, academy members had to attend special screenings of all five nominated documentaries, signing in at the theater in order to prove they were present. Did the feel-good "Sugar Man" win because it was the best documentary - or because it was the most publicized and thus the movie that the majority of academy members saw?
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January 14, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The Directors Guild of America nominated two female documentarians, Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") and Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), among three male directors for outstanding directorial achievement in documentaries for 2012. Both women were left off the Academy Awards' nomination list for feature documentaries. Greenfield, whose film about a billionaire couple who lose it all in the real estate crisis, and Klayman, who explores Chinese artist and activist Ai, will compete against Kirby Dick ("The Invisible War")
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February 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The musical mystery “Searching for Sugar Man” won the Oscar for documentary on Sunday night. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film about an obscure Detroit singer made a remarkable near-sweep of eligible awards since its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  The film details how for years it was thought that the 1970s singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez had faded into obscurity or died. But through the passionate sleuthing of dedicated fans in South Africa, where he unexpectedly achieved a startling level of fame, he was discovered to be very much alive, living and working in Michigan.
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January 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Of the five titles vying for the Oscar in the documentary feature category, four offer hard-hitting examinations of tough-minded subjects -- the Israeli/Palestine conflict, sexual assault in the military, the emergence of AIDS activism. The fifth is a crowd-pleasing pop portrait of an unsung musician. In "The Gatekeepers," director Dror Moreh takes viewers inside Israel's intelligence agency Shin Bet with unprecedented interviews with the six surviving men who have headed the organization.
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December 7, 2012 | By Susan King
Malik Bendjelloul's  "Searching for Sugar Man" won the Best Feature Award at the International Documentary Assn.'s 2012 IDA Documentary Awards at the Directors Guild of America on Friday evening. The acclaimed chronicle about Sixto Rodriguez, a  U.S. singer-songwriter who failed to catch on in the 1970s, only to become the voice of a whole generation in Apartheid-era South Africa, also won the Creative Recognition Award for Best Music for Rodriguez's original songs and Bendjelloul's additional score.
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July 26, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
You never know where social resistance will find its prophets and poets. For young liberal Afrikaners opposing apartheid in the '70s, it was an unknown Detroit singer-songwriter named Rodriguez, the mysterious figure at the soulful center of the excellent new documentary"Searching for Sugar Man. " As the story goes, a bootleg copy of the singer's first album, 1970's "Cold Fact," made its way into South Africa. The powerful lyrics of repression and urban decay quickly caught on among the country's disaffected youth.
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February 23, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, who has been tearing a swath through awards season with his film debut, "Searching for Sugar Man," is scheduled to attend his first-ever Oscar ceremony Sunday as a nominee for documentary feature. How has awards season been for you? You've won Writers Guild, DGA, BAFTA and other awards. How many have you won? Over 30 awards internationally. In awards season we won Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, the American Cinema Editors and BAFTA, the IDA - International Documentary Assn.'s award - and Critics' Choice and the National Board of Review.
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June 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The world has no shortage of examples of death arriving prematurely, but now there's one that's the subject of a fascinating pop music documentary. “A Band Called Death” explores the intriguing story of three brothers from Detroit who formed what appears to be the first black punk band back in the early '70s, a group that recorded forward-looking music that proved to be too forward-looking for its own good. The film, which starts a one-week theatrical run June 28 at L.A.'s Cinefamily on Fairfax, had its premiere last year at the L.A. Film Festival and also generated enthusiastic response among viewers at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this year.
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June 18, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
You've seen them but not noticed them. You've heard them but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a spotlight away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
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February 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The musical mystery “Searching for Sugar Man” won the Oscar for documentary on Sunday night. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film about an obscure Detroit singer made a remarkable near-sweep of eligible awards since its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  The film details how for years it was thought that the 1970s singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez had faded into obscurity or died. But through the passionate sleuthing of dedicated fans in South Africa, where he unexpectedly achieved a startling level of fame, he was discovered to be very much alive, living and working in Michigan.
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February 23, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, who has been tearing a swath through awards season with his film debut, "Searching for Sugar Man," is scheduled to attend his first-ever Oscar ceremony Sunday as a nominee for documentary feature. How has awards season been for you? You've won Writers Guild, DGA, BAFTA and other awards. How many have you won? Over 30 awards internationally. In awards season we won Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, the American Cinema Editors and BAFTA, the IDA - International Documentary Assn.'s award - and Critics' Choice and the National Board of Review.
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February 22, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Gold Standard writer Glenn Whipp is sweeping through all 24 Oscar categories this week, assessing the races, predicting the winners and helping you prevail in your Oscar pools. If you missed previous entries, you can find the shorts races here , the sound categories here , visual crafts right here , the Adele-rific song and score here and screenplays and editing here . Now: On to the animation, documentary and foreign-language contenders. ANIMATED FEATURE The nominees: "Brave" "Frankenweenie" "ParaNorman" "The Pirates!
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January 26, 2013 | By Chris Lee and Julie Makinen
Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov won the the Darryl F. Zanuck outstanding producer of motion picture for "Argo," besting "Lincoln" and other contenders in the category. It was the latest triumph for the film, which won the Golden Globes motion picture-drama earlier in the month. With the win, the film establishes itself firmly as a solid contender for Oscar best picture after earlier being thought out of the running when Ben Affleck was snubbed for best director by the motion picture academy.
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January 30, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
"Searching for Sugar Man," the absorbing investigation into the whereabouts of an elusive '70s singer-songwriter, won the Academy Award for feature documentary last year. It was the first time that the entire body of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could vote on the category. In previous years, academy members had to attend special screenings of all five nominated documentaries, signing in at the theater in order to prove they were present. Did the feel-good "Sugar Man" win because it was the best documentary - or because it was the most publicized and thus the movie that the majority of academy members saw?
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February 22, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Gold Standard writer Glenn Whipp is sweeping through all 24 Oscar categories this week, assessing the races, predicting the winners and helping you prevail in your Oscar pools. If you missed previous entries, you can find the shorts races here , the sound categories here , visual crafts right here , the Adele-rific song and score here and screenplays and editing here . Now: On to the animation, documentary and foreign-language contenders. ANIMATED FEATURE The nominees: "Brave" "Frankenweenie" "ParaNorman" "The Pirates!
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January 20, 2013 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Searching for Sugar Man Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Detroit-based singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodríguez couldn't get any airplay in the U.S. in the '70s with his soulful, political folk-rock, but his 1970 album, "Cold Fact," inexplicably became a favorite among liberal whites in apartheid-ravaged South Africa. This fascinating, touching documentary tries to sort out the facts of Rodríguez's life from the legends - which among his South African fans included the rumor that his career ended with him committing suicide onstage.
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January 14, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The Directors Guild of America nominated two female documentarians, Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") and Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), among three male directors for outstanding directorial achievement in documentaries for 2012. Both women were left off the Academy Awards' nomination list for feature documentaries. Greenfield, whose film about a billionaire couple who lose it all in the real estate crisis, and Klayman, who explores Chinese artist and activist Ai, will compete against Kirby Dick ("The Invisible War")
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