Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 34m

Followed by Q + A with director Ira Deutchman.

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.

Join us on Saturday the 11th at 4PM for this screening.


Ira Deutchman, Robert Downey, Lina Wertmuller, Costa Gavras

Director, Producer

Ira Deutchman


Peter Gilbert

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