Searching for Mr. Rugoff

93 mins.
Directed by Ira Deutchman

SEARCHING FOR MR. RUGOFF reveals the untold story of the creative genius behind 1960s-’70s film distribution company Cinema 5.

Filmmakers, critics, collaborators and family members paint a vivid portrait of Donald Rugoff, a volatile, self-destructive and fearless champion of independent and art films, who was responsible for bringing films like Z, PUTNEY SWOPE, GIMME SHELTER, and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL to cinema audiences

Drawing from a rich archive and colorful interviews, veteran distributor, producer and former Rugoff employee Ira Deutchman brings us closer to his legendary and controversial mentor, who took risks and fought for great cinema while facing personal battles of his own.

"An enthralling documentary that movie buffs everywhere will want to see." – Variety

"I got the warm-and-fuzzies from seeing the love here for moviegoing and exhibition... It’s all part of an essential history of film culture that continues in new and different ways today." – New York Times