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November 20–21, 2015

Chicago Premiere

Hot Sugar's Cold World

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Film still: Hot Sugar's Cold World


Two shows only!

"A fascinating portrait of love in the social-media age"
  —Film Journal International

A look into the life of a modern-day Mozart, Nick Koenig (Hot Sugar) as he creates one-of-a-kind music made entirely out of sounds from the world around him. Nick lives every young musician's dream, but when his internet-famous girlfriend, rapper/singer Kitty goes on tour and they split, he flies to Paris where he grew up to move on with his life, while hunting for increasingly unique and exotic sounds to sample and turn into Grammy Award nominated beats.

Filmmaker Adam Lough mixes scenes of Hot Sugar at work on his vintage recording devices with surprising soul-searching reflections he offers to the camera. As tweets and posts about the broken couple blow up on the internet, Hot Sugar's road trip presses onward, revealing even more exotic layers of the man and his music. Fun and flash, this lyrical journey offers audiences a fascinating peek into a modern artist's creative process. Throughout his journey, Hot Sugar goes on some crazy adventures, meets some fascinating people and learns what it takes to survive as an artist. Featuring Jim Jarmusch, Danny Brown, Kitty, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Rachel Trachtenburg.

Directed by Adam Bhala Lough, U.S.A., 2015, 87 mins. In English and French with English subtitles.


  • Fri.–Sat., Nov. 20–21 at 11:15 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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