Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (100 minutes)
Directed by Sam Pollard
November 8, 2018
Hayti Heritage Center (Durham, NC)
Film starts at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
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 He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he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 Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’s 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 a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.
Free RSVPs can be made via Eventbrite. RSVPs are recommended but are not required – screenings can reach capacity and RSVPs will prioritize admittance.
Member RSVP – Begins Monday, November 5 at 9 am
General Public RSVP – Begins Wednesday, November 7 at 9 am
This event is part of the Road Show Summer Series and is presented by American Tobacco Campus and Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.