Searching for Sugarman - Philanthropy New York's Documentary Series

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
New York, NY

Please join Philanthropy New York for a wine-and-cheese reception, followed by a screening of the documentary Searching for Sugarman, and a brief discussion to follow.

In the late ‘60s, two celebrated producers, who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But 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.  Searching for Sugarman is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

For Philanthropy New York Members Only: Join the filmmakers and panelists for an exclusive meet-and-greet during the reception. Members' guests are also welcome.

Part of Philanthropy New York's Documentary Series.

Funders, nonprofit colleagues, and other friends are invited to this reception, film screening and panel discussion. All are welcome!

5:30 – 6:30 PM Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:00 PM Screening
8:00 – 8:30 PM Panel Discussion


Registration is required by November 6th. No fee.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click here (visible through November 6th).

Non-Members: Please fill out this online form to submit your registration request. We will respond to requests no later than two business days before the event.

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