Sixto Rodriguez at SXSW Film 2012 – Searching for Sugar Man Q & A at the Paramount Theater

Joseph Poirier wrote:

I was at SXSW Film where they screened Searching for Sugar Man last night (Wednesday night). I took a video of the Q&A after the movie with Sixto Rodriguez and director Malik Bendjelloul.

Ramfest 2012 – success

In Flames after their set in Johannesburg. Photo: RAMfest2012
In Flames after their set in Johannesburg. Photo: RAMfest2012


RAMFest 2012 Johannesburg and Cape Town a thunderous success:

RAMfest weekend with 4 international acts from 4 different countries and the best in SA support kicked off at Fourways in Johannesburg on Saturday 10 March. Traffic jams from early in the day made it evident that this was going to be a big day. Approximately 12 000 fans rocked up and withstood early evening rain to see the biggest RAMfest production yet culminate with a stellar set by headliner In Flames from Sweden.

SA greats Fokofpolisiekar, The Narrow, Shadowclub, Newtown Knife Gang, Chromium and Pestroy all delivered great music. AWOLNATION (USA) took to the stage at 17h00. Their single “SAIL” is currently charting on 5fm and Tuks fm and according to social media comments, SA fans loved every minute of it. NETSKY (Belgium) featuring MC Darrison and Infected Mushroom from Israel also added many new fans to their worldwide list. Ultimately it was the Swedish metal phenomenon In Flames that took the crowd by storm – this is what RAMfest has been building on for the past six years: To give thousands of fans a memorable experience of the best there is in global alternative music.

In Flames on the Red Heart Rum main stage in Cape Town. Photo: Michael Ellis.
In Flames on the Red Heart Rum main stage in Cape Town. Photo: Michael Ellis.

The Ramfest crew flew down to Cape Town early on Sunday morning 11 March to bring the same raucous metal playground to the south. With scorching weather and 5 000 happy fans, the 5 city trek ended on a high note.

The Olmeca electronic stage headliner Drum and bass master NETSKY (Belgium) tweeted “I am so happy right now, Cape Town is incredible. One of the best crowd`s I`ve ever experienced.” Other acts that had the crowds going on the electronic stage were Niskerone (JHB and CT); Double Adapter (JHB); HAEZER (CT); Das Kapital (CT) and many more.

Main organiser Dawid Fourie says: “The 2012 event was a great success with almost 20 000 people reached across 5 cities. We are very excited for the future of the event.”

RAMfest would like to thank the media and sponsors for their great support.

Rodriguez at SXSW 2012 | Light In The Attic

Searching for Sugar Man
Searching for Sugar Man

Searching For Sugar Man (film screening)
Wednesday, March 14 @ 9:30 PM – 10:55 PM
@ Paramount Theatre – 713 Congress
Tix are $10 at the theater unless you have a FILM BADGE

Rodriguez (live solo performance) – this is sure to be packed so get there early
Wednesday, March 14 @ 12 AM (yup, MIDNIGHT!)
@ Mohawk – 912 Red River

From Light In The Attic

http://sugarman.org

Two Awards at Sundance for Searching For Sugarman

From 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards

The World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary was presented by Edward James Olmos to:
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN / Sweden, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away.

A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit was presented by Richard Pena to:
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN / Sweden, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away.

Rodriguez Does Sundance – Day 1 – Part II

I soon realize this is feeling more like a Rodriguez convention, gathering some familiar and unfamiliar faces from Rodriguez’s life and career. Seeing Rodriguez for the first time in over a year is an immediate high. He looks great in a black suit and scarf, calm and classy as always. You can see the smile on his face when we chat about the film and the people surrounding us. It felt a little too good to be true. I quickly meet my heroes, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew, the two South Africans who started all this madness. – Matt Sullivan

via Rodriguez Does Sundance – Day 1 – Part II « Light in the Attic Records.

Craig Bartholomew and Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman
Craig Bartholomew and Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Sold at Sundance

Sony Pictures Classics struck first blood, buying North American rights to Searching for Sugar Man, Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul’s directorial debut. Following the rise, seeming demise, and reemergence of an obscure but influential Mexican-American folk singer named Rodriguez, the movie premiered Thursday to tears, cheers, and a standing ovation from festival attendees. – Chris Lee

From www.thedailybeast.com

http://Sugarman.org

Up the Creek Together with Bacardi: Running order of bands announced

Press Release: The running order of bands for the weekend!

Up the Creek Music Festival together with Bacardi – Breederiver, Swellendam: 2 – 5 Feb 2012:

Creekers, here it is: The schedule of the music for the weekend! Up the Creek Together with Bacardi Festival 2012 will be running live music on 3 stages throughout the weekend: The Bacardi Main Stage, the MK river stage and the all-night-long BOS Breede River bar stage.

Please find the complete schedule attached. Excited much? We are! The line up includes:

Kongos,aKing, Akkedis, Black Cat Bones, Blues Broers, Cameron Bruce, City Bowl Mizers, December Streets, Fox Comet, The Great Apes, Holiday Murray, Hot Water, Karen Zoid, Louwtjie Rothman, Machineri, No One’s Arc, Piet Botha, Taxi Violence, Wrestlerish, Jeremy Loops, Luna Paige, Shadowclub, Sterling EQ, Andra, Peachy Keen, AC/DC Tribute, Southern Gypsey Queen.

Thursday night special early show:

In 2011 we decided to give the die hard creekers a chance to enjoy a sneak preview of the weekend with an intimate show on the Thursday night. This year we are bringing back the iniative, Thursday the 2nd the doors will open at 16h00 for the first 400 music lovers. The artists that will be performing on Thursday evening are: December Streets, Dan Patlansky, Akkedis and Piet Botha.

Gates open at 16h00 on Thursday, see ticket prices for details of Thursday – Sunday passes.

SMS and win tickets.

sms CREEK to 33782 and fill out our short survey to stand a chance to WIN tickets to UTC 2012.
SMS’ @ R1.50 Free SMS’ dont apply T&C’s apply.
The winner will be announced 25th January 2012

Ticket prices:

Tickets are available from www.ticketbreak.co.zaor directly from our facebook page.

FESTIVAL WEEKEND TICKETS:

Type Presales At the Gate
Thursday 4pm – Sunday 4 pm R575.00 R600.00
Friday 4pm – Sunday 4pm: R475.00 R500.00
Saturday and Sunday: R375.00 R400.00
Day pass – Sunday: R150.00 R150.00

* Please note that day tickets for Friday and Saturday are not available.

* Children 13 and younger enter for free, children 14 years and older pay full price.

Gates open on Friday 3 February 16h00 for those of you who are not joining us for the Thursday evening.

Facebook Address: http://www.facebook.com/UpTheCreek.MusicFestival

Twitter address: Upthe_Creek

Website: www.upthecreek.co.za

General queries: info

Red Hot Events and Blue-Moonwould like to thank the sponsors for UTC 2012: Bacardi, Converse, MK and BOS Ice Tea

DRINK TOGETHER RESPONSIBLY

BACARDI.com

Regards and thank you,

Liny Kruger
Palila Publicity
021 556 1726
082 464 1926
Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

Final UTC 2012 Play Order

UP THE CREEK 2012
Playlist


Thursday BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage

2-Feb 8pm 1. December Streets

9pm 2. Piet Botha

10pm 3. Dan Patlansky

11pm 4. Akkedis




Friday Bacardi Main Stage

3-Feb 7pm 1. Jeremy Loops

8pm 2. Blues Broers & Albert Frost

9:30pm 3. Machineri

10:30pm 4. aKing

11:30pm 5. Taxi Violence

BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage


12:30am 1. Southern Gypsey Queen

01:30am 2. Great Apes




Saturday BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage

4-Feb 9am 1. Luna Paige & Schalk Joubert
MK River Stage


12pm 1. Cameron Bruce Band

1pm 2. Louwtjie Rothman

2pm 3. Peachy Keen

3pm 4. Sterling EQ

Bacardi Main Stage


6pm 1. Fox Comet

7pm 2. City Bowl Mizzers

8pm 3. Shadowclub

9pm 4. No One’s Arc

10pm 5. Karen Zoid

11pm 6. Kongos

12pm 7. Hot Water

BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage


1am 1. SA/DC Tribute

2am 2. Black Cat Bones




Sunday Breakfast

5-Feb 9am 1. Andra

MK River Stage

10am 1. Siv Ngesi (Comedy)

11am 2. Holiday Murray

12pm 3. Wrestlerish

1pm 4. Piet Botha & Friends

Interview with filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul

Extract from an interview with filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, whose “Searching For Sugarman’ opens this week at the Sundance Film Festival.

What have you learned over the course of making the film?

I learned that it’s possible to live your life on your own terms. Even if it means huge sacrifice, it’s your life and you will regret it if you don’t try. Rodriguez didn’t want to conform to any format or rules. He said what he wanted to say, and then he waited for people to embrace his music and his ethos, and not the other way around. I think that’s something we can all learn a lot from. Maybe more success or more money could come by compromising your dreams, but don’t go there! Rodriguez used to repeat the adage “you shouldn’t take candy from strangers.” That could apply to filmmaking. Filmmakers might go to a film institute for financing and think that all problems will be solved, but it comes with sacrifices. Maybe you’ll get the money, but maybe it’ll be a year too late and you’ve lost your inspiration and passion. If you want to be true to yourself you need to set your own rules – use your own money, and if you don’t have much then make a cheap film. This is much easier with cheap digital technology. If it turns out to be a good film, you can sell it and from the surplus you can make the next film. Times have changed – filmmaking just isn’t that expensive anymore. My cinematographer Camilla Skagerstrom won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes last year for a short film she made using $3000 of her own money. She didn’t compromise. If you want to make a film, it needs to be your film, made on your terms and with the energy you only can get from the possible misconception that all is possible and all your dreams can come true. Don’t wait for the money until you’ve lost the spark – just do it anyway.

In the same way, Rodriguez eventually found his audience his own way. Why: because he stayed true to his ideals. So much so that it seemed like he was almost purposely hiding his talent and avoiding success. But in the end, it turned out to be the other way around. His creativity was uncompromised and therefore flawless. I think this is really something any artist needs to consider carefully. Their true treasure is their own integrity, dignity, inspiration and passion. Protect this at all costs.

Full interview at http://martinmyers.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/searching-for-sugar-man-movie-about-rodriguez/

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ To Open 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’, a new documentary about Rodriguez by Swedish film director, Malik Bendjelloul, will be one of the three opening films at next week’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The film will have its international premiere next Thursday 19th January, at the Sundance Festival as a representative of the World Documentary section of the Festival.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ was completed over the past three years and was filmed in Cape Town and Detroit, and other South African and US locations.

More Info:

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120073/searching_for_sugar_man

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118047898

http://www.indiewire.com/article/meet-the-2012-sundance-filmmakers-malik-bendjelloul-searching-for-sugar-man

http://collider.com/sundance-2012-film-competition-line-up/129488/#more-129488 – Searching for Sugar Man / Denmark, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away. World Premiere. Day One Film.

For more info, please contact:

Sugar

Sugarman.org

Email: sugar@sugarmusic.co.za

Up the Creek Music Festival 3 – 5 February 2012

Up The Creek

Up the Creek Music Festival, Breederiver, Swellendam – 3 – 5 February 2012.

With the silly season on our doorsteps and so much to look forward to we thought we’d just remind you to diarise your favourite festival. It is almost time for you to pack those bags and head back to the banks of the Breede River for a weekend of frolicking, fun and festivities.Yes Up the Creek Music Festival is now officially around the corner, the dates for 2012 have been set. From the 3rd to the 5th of February we urge you to leave the hustle and bustle of your regular routines for the serene surroundings of the riverbank, magical muso’s and the faces of your favourite people.

The line up for Up the Creek 2012 is nothing short of phenomenal and we are happy to let you know that the following bands and artists have been contracted for the weekend:

Kongos,aKing, Akkedis, Black Cat Bones, Blues Broers, Cameron Bruce, City Bowl Mizers, Fox Comet, The Great Apes, Holiday Murray, Hot Water, Karen Zoid, Louwtjie Rothman, Machineri, No One’s Arc, Piet Botha, Taxi Violence, Wrestlerish, Jeremy Loops, Luna Paige, Shadowclub, Sterling EQ, Andra, Peachy Keen, AC/DC Tribute, Southern Gypsey Queen.

In typical Up the Creek tradition we will be running the main stage, the MK river stage and the all-night-long BOS Breede River bar stage once again.

Thursday night special early show:

In 2011 we decided to give the die hard creekers a chance to enjoy a sneak preveiw of the weekend with an intimate show on the Thursday night. This year we are bringing back the iniative, Thursday the 2nd the doors will open at 16h00 for the first 400 music lovers.

Gates open at 16h00 on Thursday, see ticket prices for details of Thursday – Sunday passes.

FLOAT YOUR BOAT…..

Lobster lilos, Indian canoes, floating bars and human tube chains are making a comeback in 2012. Following the splashing, singing, howling success of last year’s float competition, the benchmark has been set. So put your creativity to the test and we’ll be giving away some awesome prizes for a variety of creative floats this year. Bos Iceb Tea are sponsoring the competition with an absolutely to- die- for winners package prize.

Participants are encouraged to think outside of their beach gear boxes in order to stand a chance to win these incredible prizes.

At this stage, categories include anything from the best design and most floatable contraption to the most luxurious device on the Breede River.

General:

In 2012, we will bring you the same of what worked last year and more: More food vendors to get you through the days in style, including coffee maestros that can deliver your caffeine to your tent-step, more stalls and more bars throughout the festival. Once again, there will be dedicated life-guards to ensure maximum safety.

“The winner takes it all”

For those of you who buy your tickets before the first of January 2012, thank you for attempting to win our biggest give-away! One winner will walk away with a grand weekend prize consisting of:

  • 2 tickets for Up the Creek Fest from 3 – 5 Feb.
  • Acommodation in a chalet for the weekend.
  • R1000.00 spending money.
  • The refund of your original ticket purchase.
  • The winner will be announced on 10 January 2012 on facebook.

Facebook:

LIKE’ our facebook fan page and be entered into a lucky draw to win tickets to Up the Creek 2012. The lucky winner stands to win 2 free tickets to Up The Creek 2012 and the draw takes place on 30 November and the winner will be announced on facebook.

SMS and win tickets.

sms CREEK to 33782 and fill out our short survey to stand a chance to WIN tickets to UTC 2012.
SMS’ @ R1.50 Free SMS’ dont apply T&C’s apply.
The winner will be announced 15th December 2012.

Ticket prices:

Tickets are available from www.ticketbreak.co.zaor directly from our facebook page.

FESTIVAL WEEKEND TICKETS:

Type Presales At the Gate
Thursday 4pm – Sunday 4 pm R575.00 R620.00
Friday 4pm – Sunday 4pm: R475.00 R525.00
Saturday and Sunday: R375.00 R425.00
Day pass – Sunday: R150.00 R150.00

* Please note that day tickets for Friday and Saturday are not available.

* Children 13 and younger enter for free, children 14 years and older pay full price.

What to bring to Up the Creek:

Bring: Your ticket, ID Book, tent, mattresses, camping chairs, torches, sleeping bag, duvet, sun block, insect repellent, toilet paper, camera, cap or hat, something warm, towel, pillow, headache pills, money, sunglasses, condoms, swimming kit, anything that floats – lilo, paddle, boat – and lastly, your buddies

If you don’t want to pitch your tent, just pitch up for your pre-booked tented accommodation. Check out the TICKETS PAGE on www.upthecreek.co.zafor the different camping options available.

Up the Creek 2012 promises to be yet again one of the highlights on the Festival Calendar in the Western Cape.

Gates open on Friday 3 February 16h00 for those of you who are not joining us for the Thursday evening.

Facebook Address: http://www.facebook.com/UpTheCreek.MusicFestival

Twitter address: Upthe_Creek

Website: www.upthecreek.co.za

General queries: info

Red Hot Events and Up the Creek would like to thank the sponsors for UTC 2012: MK, BOS Ice Tea and Converse.

Liny Kruger

Palila Publicity

021 556 1726

082 464 1926

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

river pic up the creek
river pic up the creek
panoramic up the creek
panoramic up the creek

Rodriguez Documentary to be shown at Sundance in January 2012

From The Salt Lake Tribune

Searching for Sugar Man » (Denmark/United Kingdom) A portrait of the ‘70s rock star Rodriguez, “the Latin Bob Dylan,” who went from fame to obscurity — only to rise again in a different context many miles away. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.

From Sundance.org

Searching for Sugar Man / Denmark, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

Rodriguez website: http://sugarman.org

Rodriguez Documentary to be shown at Sundance in January 2012
Rodriguez Documentary to be shown at Sundance in January 2012

Rock the River SA 30 December 2011 – 2 January 2012

December 30th 2011 – January 2nd 2012
New Year’s Festival

stay tuned for all the newest updates and news from ROCK THE RIVER SA

Over 100 acts spread across 3 stages
I don’t know if you’ve had a moment to check the calendar recently, but I’ve got some alarming news – it’s almost the end of November already! Which means Party Season is effectively upon us.
Before you run screaming for the hills in a panic-induced sweat, take a moment to breathe, we’ve got your New Year’s covered. This year there is no need to scurry about making last-minute plans, driving in stupid queues to get to the Coast or frantically trying to ascertain which party in town will be the coolest – you can organise it all right now and rest easy that you will be sorted come New Year’s Weekend.This year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s Festival will take place at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, located 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town along the N7 towards the West Coast. Which means you will be able to enjoy your New Year’s in a safe, natural environment, away from the bustle of the inner city, listening to awesome tunes amongst awesome people. True party animals can settle in on the 30th from 15h00 onwards for camping, enjoy a drink at the bar and participate in some fun festival activities before the party marathon kicks off on the 31st.

Even better news is that Fokofpolisiekar will be headlining this year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s festival. Currently one of SA’s most popular rock acts, Fokofpolisiekar has become known for their explosive live performances and raw on-stage energy. Fokofpolisiekar was named “Best Live Local Band” in the 2008 FHM Awards (March 2009 issue). Controversial and ever-questioning in their lyrics as well as their lifestyle, the band has generated much controversy in the South African media.

Come join us for some outdoor fun and entertainment this New Year’s weekend and make it one to remember!

Tickets are available at the gate, Computicket, www.rocktheriversa.co.za, from participating bands, as well as Shoprite, House & Home, Checkers and Checkers Hyper.
Limited Early bird tickets available: Sold out.
Three-day weekend pass:
Presale: R300
At the gate: R350
One-day Sunday pass: R150 (at gate only)

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