Making the Oscar-nominated Doc Searching for Sugar Man
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photo credit: Rodriguez. courtesy Sony Pictures Classics
The documentary Searching for Sugar Man is a Cinderella Story and so is the tale of making the film. After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 in what the filmmaker considered a less the complete state-- it had rudimentary animation and footage shot on an iphone-- the film has won 19 awards and is nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA.
Malik Bendjelloul, filmmaker
Kim Masters and John Horn-- Film Writer for the Los Angeles Times-- banter about some of this week’s top Hollywood News stories.
John Horn, L.A. Times
Today’s Banter Topics:
- Sundance 2013 Begins: What filmmakers may look for in a deal. What films to watch
- Gun Violence and Hollywood: Redford weighs in on the gun debate. How the industry will respond still vague
- Updating the Awards race: The Golden Globes gave Argo new life
Searching for Sugar Man ()
Malik Bendjelloul was a Swedish TV producer who’d recently quit his job to travel the world. His plan was to find good stories that he could turn into 7 minute long pieces to sell to his former employer. But the story of Rodriguez-- the obscure American musician who was a huge icon in South Africa who supposedly had committed suicide-- demanded more time than that. So he sets out to make his first feature film. The story he tells is one of chutzpah and resourceful (even shooting scenes on his iphone when money ran low). He finally gets the film into Sundance but many elements are unfinished ‘place-holders’ in need of professional editors and animators. The rest is a Cinderella story. Since premiering (complete with those place-holders) at the Sundance Film Festival 2012, the movie has won 19 awards and is nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA.
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