Experience Mister Show Business Harlem’s “Sammy Davis Jr., I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Video)

DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, runs November 9-16, 2017, at the IFC Center, Cinepolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre. Our pick is Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, about the legendary Harlemite Sammy Davis Jr.,.

NYC premiere of 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.

Here’s Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me trailer from the movie:

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The film is loaded with dazzling footage of Davis as dancer, singer and impressionist that will leave you gasping with delight and awe. (USA, 100 min.) In person: Sam Pollard. Website: http://pbs.org/americanmasters

Check out the films at:

SUN. NOV. 12, 1:30PM (SVA Theatre, 209 E 23rd St.)
TUE. NOV. 14, 12:15PM (IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.)

Tickets for all screenings are now on sale to the public. Tickets for all DOC NYC films and events are available online at docnyc.net. In-person tickets are available in advance starting October 25 at the IFC Center box office, 323 Sixth Ave. (at West 3rd St.); during the festival, in-person tickets are available for all screenings at any DOC NYC venue box office.

Ticket prices: Opening night screening of The Final Year and closing night screening of Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars – $30. Regular screenings – $19 adults, $17 seniors/children, $16 IFC Center members. Short List, DOC NYC U and screenings that start before 5pm Monday-Friday – all tickets $12.


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