‘Sugar Man’ screening set

In an Aug. 21, 2012, photo, Sixto Rodriguez is seen in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Karoub)
In an Aug. 21, 2012, photo, Sixto Rodriguez is seen in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Karoub)

The Louisiana International Film Festival and Mentorship Program is presenting a free screening of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the LSU Union Theater.

Wednesday’s screening will be the film’s Baton Rouge premiere.

The documentary tells the story of Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American singer-songwriter from Detroit who released two critically acclaimed but unsuccessful albums in the early 1970s. Rodriguez’s songs blended the folk-rock sounds of Donovan, Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond with the urban, soulful sounds of Detroit.

The “Searching for Sugar Man” screening precedes the first Louisiana International Film Festival, to be held April 18 through April 21 in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Although the screening is free, the public is required to RSVP through the festival’s website at http://www.liff2013.com/sugarman.