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Closing Night: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

July 29, 2018 @ 7:45 pm

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Closing Night Sammy Davis, Jr. I've Gotta Be Me

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The 38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) will close with Sam Pollard’s exploration of the life and career of legendary Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr., SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME. The screening is the centerpiece of a strategic partnership between the Festival and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) to promote dynamic engagement about issues of identity and representation in the arts.

At the age of three his immense talent was already on display as he sang and tap danced his way across the country performing with his father and godfather. In the 1950s, he notoriously dated Hollywood star Kim Novak prompting Columbia Pictures bigwig Harry Cohn to order him to stick to Black women. Following a serious car accident in which he lost an eye, Davis converted to Judaism. In the 1960s, the only African American member of the legendary Rat Pack, he supported John F. Kennedy’s candidacy, marched in Selma with Martin Luther King and became a prominent activist in the civil rights movement. And then in 1972 he shocked the country by supporting Richard Nixon for reelection, giving him a famous hug on stage during the Republican convention.


July 29, 2018
7:45 pm
$ - See event webpage
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The Castro Theatre
(415) 621-6350
429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 United States