Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me

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Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me

April 21 @ 2:00 pm
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Saturday, April 21st at 2:00 PM
Cinemark Perkins Rowe

Celebrity Spotlight * USA * 100 min

Director: Sam Pollard
Producers: Sally Rosenthal and Michael Kantor
Sponsored by: Baton Rouge Blues Festival and Lincoln Theater

“I’m Puerto Rican, Jewish, colored, and married to a white woman. When I move into a neighborhood, people start running in four ways at the same time.” So says Sammy Davis, Jr. in the first major film to examine this uniquely gifted entertainer who blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s. Davis’s career was vast and multi-faceted; yet his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant in the civil right era; and frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. Directed with verve and empathy by African American director Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin’) Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me features new interviews with a wealth of luminaries like Harry Belafonte, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg, and is loaded with dazzling footage of Davis as a dancer, singer and impressionist that will leave you gasping with delight.

Language: English

“The fast-paced, classically constructed Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, has a lot to say, but it is sobering how Davis’ life always seems to come back to controversies over race and his fight to be accepted for the immensely talented entertainer he was.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“I’ve Gotta Be Me would almost be a tragic tale if it weren’t for Davis’ flamboyant penchant for life. He acted entirely on his emotions, dreams and desires, never saving a dime, drinking heavily; yet the Porgy and Bess actor… opened many doors that entertainers today are still desperately hoping to walk through.” – Aramide A. Tinubu, Shadow and Act

“In the same way that fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra claimed dibs on the song “My Way,” as an ode to the way he lived his life, Sammy’s track “I’ve Gotta Be Me” encapsulates the spirit of this talented, complicated and often misunderstood trail-blazer.” – Tom Santilli,

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Date: April 21
Time: 2:00 pm
Event CategoryFilm