Searching For Sugar Man
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: Without a doubt the best documentary you will ever see.
Brigette: A documentary about a musician who never knew he was famous.
Any particular reason for choosing this film?
Pete: I’ve been wanting to see it since I first heard about it and it was also highly recommended by a few friends.
Pete & Brigette: Documentary
Who was your favorite person interviewed and why?
Pete: Rick Emmerson because of his wisdom and understanding of his employee.
Brigette: Sixto Rodriguez because he is one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever come across.
Who was your least favorite person interviewed and why?
Pete: Clarence Avant because he came across as being a crook and rip-off artist.
Brigette: Clarence Avant because he was rude and evasive.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: It was instantly intriguing and only became more intense as it progressed and then heart-warming and entertaining.
Brigette: I have to admit that I went into this with the notion that it would be lame, but the cinematography in the very beginning quickly convinced me otherwise and then the story made me fall in love with it.
Pete: “He had this kind of magical quality that all genuine poets and artists have to elevate things, to get above the mundane, the prosaic, the bullshit, all the mediocrity that’s everywhere. The artist is the pioneer.” – Rick Emmerson
Brigette: “Just because people are poor or have little doesn’t mean that their dreams aren’t big and their soul isn’t rich.” Eva Rodriguez
How was the soundtrack?
Pete: The Best Soundtrack Ever!
Brigette: We’ve been enjoying it since the 2013 Oscars. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy.
Would you watch it again?
Pete: Yes I would: Malik Bendjelloul did an amazing job on his first film and I recommend The Making of Sugar Man for anyone who needs some inspiration.
Brigette: I have a list of all the books and films I think everyone should read and watch in their lifetime and this is now on that list. It is the most inspirational film I have ever seen (including the “making of”) and when I need some, I’ll know where to look.
How was the ending?
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: To best path to fulfillment is to stay true to yourself.
Brigette: Never give up on your dreams.
Did you learn anything?
Pete: A little about how life was in South Africa during the Apartheid years.
Brigette: A little bit about the use of music in South Africa’s apartheid movement.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Absolutely everyone!
Brigette: Anyone who needs inspiring.
Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Brewers & Union’s Bernstein Unfiltered American Amber
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Rodriguez family home in Detroit
Have you chosen to take all your torment, agony, confusion and pain and transform it into something beautiful, transcendent and eternal?