Full Frame’s Road Show Fall Series Continues with ‘Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me’

"Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me" will be shown at Full Frame this week.Courtesy of Full Frame

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival continues its free Road Show Fall Series on November 8 at 7:30 p.m. with “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham.

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, some believe his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis tried 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 He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant and frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. He was also the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.

The film features new interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, along with never-before-seen photographs from Davis personal collection. There are also 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 flash-points of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

The Road Show Fall Series comes to a close on November 20 with “The Providers,” a documentary that follows three practitioners in the El Centro Family Health system in northern New Mexico and puts a human and humane face on the health care crisis facing the United States today. The screening will be at The Cary Theater in Cary.

Reservations for the free screenings are recommended but not required, and can be made through Eventbrite beginning at 9 a.m. the day before each screening.

Full Frame Road Show Fall Series

“Sammy Davis, Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

When: November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hayti Heritage Center; RSVP

“The Providers”

When: November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cary Theater; RSVP


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