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'60 Minutes' to Profile 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez on October 7

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 4, 2012 at 1:51PM

CBS's "60 Minutes" will spotlight artist and musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez and director Malik Bendjelloul’s acclaimed documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man," this Sunday, October 7.
Searching for Sugar Man

Call it Sony Pictures Classics' wet dream.

While "Searching for Sugar Man" is still in release in smart-houses around the country, CBS's "60 Minutes" has cottoned to the amazing story of artist and musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, the star of director Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary. Their profile will air this Sunday, October 7 at 7 PM EST/PST. 

The doc opened the 2012 Sundance Festival, where it won the doc World Cinema Audience Award as well as a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit.  SPC released the film on July 27 and it has continued expanding to theaters nationwide.

"Searching for Sugar Man" tells the story of a politically uncompromising musician who took American protest music to new levels in the early 1970s with his two albums, "Cold Fact" and "Coming From Reality."  After the albums failed to sell, he vanished from public view.  When a bootleg copy of "Cold Fact" ended up in South Africa, it spoke to their narratives of chaos, power, corruption, and revolution and became anthems of the anti-apartheid movement.  While the South African government threatened to ban his music, Rodriguez reached cult status.  This documentary brings Rodriguez to the fans he didn't know he had, as well as introducing a new generation to his music. Alt radio stations such as LA's KCRW-FM are now playing his songs;  NPR's World Cafe will air a "Searching for Sugar Man" special on October 18. 

The documentary has spawned a renaissance for the 70-year-old Rodriguez, including a 22-date American headline tour.  We saw him play at SXSW in April, and he's improved his chops since then at the Newport Folk Festival this summer, a Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbus, Missouri, and on the "Late Show" with David Letterman.  He has also accrued a number of big name fans including Michael Moore, Roger Ebert, Jonah HIll, Susan Sarandon,  Zach Galifianakis, Pharrell Williams, Ron Howard, and Lance Armstrong, who have all publicly supported the documentary and the music behind it. 


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.