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OPENING NIGHT GALA of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: 'Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me'
Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle
Beverly Hills, CA
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This event is sold out. However there is a second screening of "Sammy Davis Jr; I've Gotta Be Me" playing on Sunday, April 29 at the Encino Town Center at 5 pm.


OPENING NIGHT GALA of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: 'Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me'
Los Angeles Premiere!
Documentary/USA/2018/100 minutes
Directed by Sam Pollard

Celebration with special guests including: George Schlatter (creator of Laugh In), Manny Davis (Davis son), and Tom Dreesen (actor, Opening Act for Sammy Davis Jr.,)

"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 He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he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.

Introduction by Rabbi Jerry Cutler

Q&A with George Schlatter (creator of Laugh In), Manny Davis (Davis son), and Tom Dreesen (actor, Opening Act for Sammy Davis Jr. ), moderate by Stan Taffel, Sammy Davis Jr. Achivist.

In partnership with Creative Arts Temple
7:15 PM - Doors Open for Red Carpet, Hors d'oeuvres and wine
8:00 PM  Program begins
Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, Beverly Hills

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
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
On BPT Since: Apr 08, 2008
LA Jewish Film Festival

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