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Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2019)

Releasing at August 13, 2021 in theaters

Documentary

Searching for Mr. Rugoff is documentary film directed by Ira Deutchman. The film stars Elyce Bonnell, Peter Broderick, Bea Brydson, Nat Chediak, Costa-Gavras, Ira Deutchman, Jean Donnelly, Robert Downey Sr., Jerome Gary, Annette Insdorf and Sarah Kernochan. The film primiered at November 8, 2019 on DOC NYC Festival.

Searching for Mr. Rugoff is the story of Donald Rugoff, who was the crazy genius behind Cinema 5, the mid-century theater chain and film distribution company. Rugoff was a difficult (some would say impossible) person but was also the man who kicked art films into the mainstream with outrageous marketing schemes and pure bluster. Rugoff’s impact on cinema culture in the United States is inestimable, and his influence on the art film business-from the studio classics divisions to the independent film movement to the rise of the Weinsteins-is undeniable. Yet, mysteriously, Rugoff has become a virtually forgotten figure. The story is told through the eyes of former employee Ira Deutchman, who sets out to find the truth about the man who had such a major impact on his life, and to understand how such an important figure could have disappeared so completely.

Director: Ira Deutchman

Stars: Elyce Bonnell, Peter Broderick, Bea Brydson, Nat Chediak, Costa-Gavras, Ira Deutchman, Jean Donnelly, Robert Downey Sr., Jerome Gary, Annette Insdorf, Sarah Kernochan

►Cast

Elyce BonnellBrian Lindquist
Peter BroderickStephanie Look-Teller
Bea BrydsonTodd McCarthy
Nat ChediakGary Meyer
Costa-GavrasTed Pedas
Ira DeutchmanRichard Pena
Jean DonnellyTom Ropelewski
Robert Downey Sr.Edward Rugoff
Jerome GaryRalph Rugoff
John GoldstoneJulian Schlossberg
Jim HudsonRobert Shaye
Annette InsdorfLisa Sherman
Harlan JacobsonPaula Silver
Mary Kay KammerGary Springer
Larry KardishBill Thompson
Sarah KernochanHilary Wall
Wendy KeysLina Wertmüller
Steve KutnerJohn Willis
Warren LieberfarbJustin Wyatt

( Read more cast details on imdb )

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