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Date:
August 13, 2021
Time:
7:00 PM
Address:
Normal Theater
209 W North St

Normal, IL 61761
Cost:
$7 for General Admission, $5 for Students
Donald Rugoff sitting in a stylized chair, on the phone
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Searching for Mr. Rugoff

Friday, August 13, 2021

The feature documentary 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. NR / 94 min.