S E A R C H I N G F O R M R . R U G O F F
☀ IN-THEATRE … Tuesday, September 7, 7:00
with discussion led by John Alberti & Steve Rosen
proof of vaccination required
☀ STREAMING ONLINE … Opening Aug 28, 2021
Dramatic and enlightening — more than a simple biography, Searching for Mr. Rugoff provides an inside look at film culture and cinema history during the exciting and tumultuous times in the 1960s and 70s when foreign-language and documentary films became an important part of the American cinematic scene.
Reach out to your circle of friends, film and history buffs – you can share the graphics in the Media section below – let them know that in-theatre tix (vax required) are $10 including discussion, and virtual cinema tix are $15.
Through the eyes of those who worked with or for him, we come to know Donald Rugoff, the marketing and programming genius behind Cinema 5, the New York theater chain and film distribution company. With an eye for engaging cinema, he revolutionized theatrical film distribution and propelled art films into the mainstream. His impact on US cinema culture and his influence on the art film business was legendary and immense.
The young employees of Cinema 5 fanned out across the industry in the ’80s and ’90s, becoming leaders in the indie movement, Hollywood studio classics divisions and exhibitors like Landmark Theaters. Rugoff’s influence has been passed down to a third generation of film distributors, marketers and exhibitors — like Alamo Drafthouse and A24 — committed to finding and building cinema audiences.
Many of the newer industry leaders have never heard of Rugoff and he seemingly disappeared. Former employee Ira Deutchman (film producer, distributor and educator), spent years researching and interviewing, giving us a rich portrait of a complicated, shrewd, often erratic and abrasive genius.
“Rugoff manifested the idea of film as art in a way that nobody else had ever done before and he wound up changing film culture in an enormously influential way,” says Deutchman, adding, “My original intention was to highlight the majesty of the theatrical experience in an entertaining way, but given where we are right now, the story has become all the more poignant. Independent art houses need our support to survive.”
☀ Special Thanks:
When you purchase an In-Theatre or Virtual Cinema ticket, 100% of the proceeds come to Cincinnati World Cinema. We very much appreciate Ira Deutchman’s generosity and long-standing commitment to art house cinema!
WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW MUCH
The Garfield Theatre reopened on April 9, with significant attention to personal safety. Please review our guidelines in
“SEARCHING FOR MR. RUGOFF” director Ira Deutchman, USA, 2019, 97 minutes, in English.
☀ (1) In THE GARFIELD THEATRE, Tuesday September 7, 7:00 pm, with discussion immediately following.
☀ (2) In the CWC VIRTUAL CINEMA, online streaming, 24×7, Starting at noon, August 28.
Watch Window: 30 days to start, 7 days to complete, can start, stop, restart. Access codes are encrypted and device-specific – you need to start watching on the actual device you’ll use to view the films, ex: your laptop connected to your TV.
In-theatre tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (if not sold out in advance). Virtual Cinema tickets are $15.
All tickets are available online via the Tix Button, and by phone at (859) 957-3456.
ADA ACCESS & SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 safety information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.
TERMS OF PURCHASE:
Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.
FILMS DISTRIBUTED BY CINEMA 5
Cinema Five Releases – Films & Filmmakers
|John & Roy Boulting
|The Cool World
|The Hours of Love
|The Model Murder Case
|Nobody Waved Good-bye
|Nothing But a Man
|One Potato, Two Potato
|The Soft Skin
|Rotten to the Core
|The Endless Summer
|The Fireman’s Ball
|The Two of Us
|Shu Shuen Tong
|Very Happy Alexander
|The Sorrow and the Pity
|Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther
|Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
|Ramparts of Clay
|The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
|Vittorio De Sica
|Long Ago, Tomorrow
|On Any Sunday
|The Hellstrom Chronicle
|Walon Green, Ed Spiegel
|WR: Mysteries of the Organism
|Cesar and Rosalie
|Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith
|State of Siege
|The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe
|The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
|A Sense of Loss
|From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler
|Happy Mother’s Day, Love George
|I Could Never Have Sex With Any Man Who Has So Little Regard For My Husband
|Scenes From A Marriage
|Visions of Eight
|Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuriy Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling
|The Return of the Tall Blonde Man
|We All Loved Each Other So Much
|Autobiography of a Princess
|Every Man For Himself and God Against All
|Monty Python and the Holy Grail
|Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
|A Slave of Love
|America at the Movies
|George Stevens Jr.
|Coup de Grace
|Harlan County USA
|Man on the Roof
|Near and Far Away
|The Man Who Fell to Earth
|Donald Brittain, John Kramer
|A Special Day
|Philippe de Broca
|One Sings, The Other Doesn’t
|Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
|George Butler, Robert Fiore
|The Man Who Loved Women
|Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola
|Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness
|Margarethe von Trotta
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films since 1975, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features – two companies that were created from scratch and in their respective times, helped define the independent film business.
Deutchman is a consultant in marketing and distribution of independent films. Among his clients is Istituto Luce Cinecitta, for which he promotes Italian cinema in the U.S. He is also a Professor of Professional Practice in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he was the Chair of the Film Program from 2011-2015.
Among the over 60 films he acquired and released at Fine Line were Jane Campion’s “An Angel at My Table,” Gus van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Night on Earth,” Robert Altman’s “The Player” and “Short Cuts,” Roman Polanski’s “Bitter Moon” and “Death and the Maiden,” Alan Rudolph’s “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, ” Mike Leigh’s “Naked,” and the award-winning “Hoop Dreams,” which in its time was the highest grossing non-music documentary in history.
Other films Deutchman has worked on were “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “To Sleep with Anger,” “Metropolitan,” “A Room with a View,” “Stop Making Sense,” “El Norte,” and “The Brother from Another Planet.”
His screen credits include Associate Producer of John Sayles’ “Matewan;” Executive Producer of Jonathan Demme’s “Swimming to Cambodia,” Gary Sinise’s “Miles From Home,” Paul Bartel’s “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,” Matty Rich’s “Straight Out of Brooklyn,” Stephen Gyllenhaal’s “Waterland,” Maggie Greenwald’s “The Ballad of Little Jo,” Alan Rudolph’s “Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle,” Paul Auster’s “Lulu On the Bridge,” Wayne Wang’s “Center of the World,” Daniel Noah’s “Twelve,” Anthony Jaswinski’s “Killing Time,” Loren-Paul Caplin’s “The Lucky Ones,” Amy Wadell’s “Brothel” and Georgia Lee’s “Red Doors;” and Co-Producer of David Anspaugh’s “The Game of Their Lives.” Deutchman was the Producer of Tony Vitale’s “Kiss Me, Guido,” Sarah Kernochan’s “All I Wanna Do,” Mark Christopher’s “54,” Adam Davidson’s “Way Past Cool,” Bob Gale’s “Interstate 60,” Tanya Wexler’s “Relative Evil,” Ann Hu’s “Beauty Remains” and Ed Radtke’s “Speed of Life.” He was also Consulting Producer on the CBS sitcom “Some of My Best Friends.”
In 2017, Deutchman was awarded the Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sundance Art House Convergence for his service to independent film marketing and distribution.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a major in film.
Dr. John Alberti has taught at Northern Kentucky University for roughly three decades, with focus on the relationship between American literature and popular culture as evidenced in cinema, television and music.
At Northern Kentucky University, he is currently Chair of the English Department and Director of the Cinema Studies Program, and has been instrumental in bringing the Festival of New French Films to campus in recent years.
John is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA, English, 1981) and UCLA (MA, English 1984 and Ph.D., English, 1989). He recently authored Screen Ages: A Survey of American Cinema, and his current projects include work on gender in American cinema and television; writing in the digital age; and the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series.
Steve is a freelance Cincinnati writer. He was Arts Editor for Cincinnati CityBeat for several years before retiring in 2018, and also has been film and visual art critic at Denver Post, and a news and features reporter and writer at Cincinnati Enquirer.
His freelance arts and culture stories have appeared in Cincinnati Magazine, The New York Times, Variety, Really Good Movies, IndieWire, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, American Songwriter and San Francisco Chronicle. He was also a board member of a University of Michigan film society that eagerly booked Rugoff’s Trash (the Andy Warhol movie by that name, not a euphemism for bad films) and later served on Cincinnati Film Society’s board.
PRINT & SOCIAL MEDIA
DRINKS & DINING
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SAFETY PROTOCOLS, from Butcher & Barrel management:
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