A Film By Adam Bhala Lough

From Executive Producers David Gordon Green, Jody Hill & Danny McBride


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From internationally acclaimed filmmaker Adam Bhala Lough, and Executive Producers David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill, Hot Sugar’s Cold World is fly-on-the-wall 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 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 beats. Through his journey, Hot Sugar goes on some crazy adventures, meets some fascinating people and learns what it takes to survive as an artist.

With appearances by former members of Das Racist, legendary filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive), renowned Astrophysicist and Science Communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos on FOX) and comedian Martin Starr (HBO’s Silicon Valley) among a host of other musicians and personalities. Official selection of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and 2015 Hot Docs Festival. Original photograph by Ian Scott Stoner.


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  • "Leave it to Sundance alum Adam Bhala Lough, who's behind compelling doc portraits of Lil Wayne and Lee "Scratch" Perry, to find an appropriate, hybrid storytelling approach for a musical prodigy like Hot Sugar... In more ways than one, Lough's unobtrusive though eye-opening portrait of Hot Sugar celebrates the free radical pursuits of a true artist. " -Michael-Oliver Harding (Exclaim!)
  • "Another charming SXSW discovery. Funky beats, cameos by Jim Jarmusch and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, playful interplay of fact and fiction" - Eric Kohn (INDIEWIRE)
  • "You must see the very special Hot Sugar's Cold World. A music doc like no other." - John Norris (MTV)
  • "Yet another dynamic cinematic investigation into the life of an artist by multi-format master Adam Bhala Lough. A multilayered film that on one level is a portrait of soundscape artist, producer and DJ Nick Koenig. On another level the film is about death, friendship, silence, identity, sound and an investigation into what it means to be a true artist." - Mike S Ryan (Hammer to Nail)
  • "A fascinating peek inside the creative process and the larger meaning of art... Quite an accomplishment... a film that has the potential to develop a strong cult following." - Morgan Davis (Loser City)
  • "Funny and entertaining. It's worth spending an hour and a half in Hot Sugar's cold world." - Alice Hubley (The People's Movies)