Monday, February 12, 2018

Information on the Port Jefferson Documentary Series screening of SAMMY DAVIS, JR : I'VE GOT TO BE ME

DATE/TIME: Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 7PM
LOCATION: The Long Island Museum (Gillespie Rm.)
1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, New York, 11790
TICKET PRICES: $7.00 general admission, tickets at the door (No Credit Cards)

SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME is the first major documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress in 20th-century America. 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. 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’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, the film 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.

Sponsored by the Greater Port Jefferson/ Northern Brookhaven Arts Council, the Port Jefferson Documentary Series brings directors, producers or stars of each film into the theater for an up-close and personal question-and-answer session. Our guest speaker will be the screenwriter and co-producer, Laurence Maslon.

Running Time: 82 minutes; Year: 2017; Country: USA; Language: English

made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew
Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Suffolk County Office of Film and
Cultural Affairs, Steve Bellone, County Executive

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