OPENING NIGHT GALA of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: 'Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me'
Paying tribute to the legendary entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr., with honored guests TV icon and producer George Schlatter (creator of "Laugh-In" and other series) and Burt Boyar (author of best selling memoir "Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr.").
Will take place at the beautiful landmark theatre, the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills
Doors Open for Red Carpet, Hors d'oeuvres and wine at 7:15 pm
Program, award presentation and film begins at 8:00 pm
Q&A with George Schlatter and Burt Boyar moderated by Stan Taffel, Sammy Davis Jr. archivist.
SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME
Los Angeles Premiere!
Directed by Sam Pollard
"Sammy Davis, Jr.: Ive Gotta Be Me" is the first major film documentary to examine Davis vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.
Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he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 another persecuted minority.
Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as George Schlatter, Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, "Sammy Davis, Jr.: Ive Gotta Be Me" explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.
PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: There is some metered parking on Wilshire after 7 pm (free) and other area streets, meters on La Cienega after 6 pm (free) and a FREE BH municipal lot on La Cienega and Gregory after 4 pm (closes at 11 pm).
Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle (View)
8556 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|