SAMMY DAVIS JR: I’VE GOTTA BE ME
DOC NYC, AFI Fest, Chicago, Philadelphia, Woodstock, New York Jewish, RiverRun, St Louis,
A star-studded roster of interviewees pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
A star of stage and screen and member of the legendary Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr broke racial barriers, but paid a heavy price for it. Defying societal norms concerning interracial romance, religion, and political affiliation, Davis courted controversy many times, but always with grace and honesty. Filmmaker Sam Pollard explores all the complexities of Davis, crossing several phases of American show business. The film is loaded with dazzling footage of Davis as dancer, singer, and impressionist that will leave you gasping with delight and awe.