Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me



SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME 


Sammy Davis, Jr. had a career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. Yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory as seen in SAMMY DAVIS JR: I’VE GOTTA BE ME. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political climates. In the face of increasingly outdated show business traditions, Davis was striving to stay relevant.  Frequently he found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. He was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to yet another persecuted minority.

 

Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, and never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME explores the life and art of this uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s. 

 

USA * 2017 * 100 minutes * English * Documentary

 

Starring: Sammy Davis, Jr., Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Billy Crystal

Director: Sam Pollard

 

 

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THE CHOP

A charismatic kosher butcher loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and masquerades as a muslim in order to get work with a Halal butcher in THE CHOP.

 

Short Film * United Kingdom * 2016 * 17 minutes *