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Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me - Wednesday, June 27th SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME Special Q&A with Writer/Co-Producer- Laurence Maslon Date: Wednesday, June 27th 2018 Time: 7:30pm Location: Bow Tie Squire, Great Neck Tickets: $15/$10 Members On Sale Now! A rousing tribute to the iconic song-and-dance man in all his complexities and contradictions, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME remembers the chameleon entertainer who blazed a trail across the shifting tides and flash-points of 20th century America. View Trailer Above Dazzling audiences since he was a child, Harlem-born Davis was a dancer, singer, vaudevillian, impressionist and actor of jaw-dropping artistry and unparalleled charisma. Entering showbiz at a time of racial tension and social upheaval, he found himself frequently courting controversy even while breaking barriers, caught between the bigotry of ‘50s and ‘60s white America, and an ambivalence about his own black identity. He performed alongside Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra as a member of the Rat Pack, and was the first African-American to sleep at the White House, invited by President Nixon, yet as a result he was labeled by some as a sellout to his race. His conversion to Judaism in 1954 after a serious car accident yoked his persona to another persecuted minority. Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard captures the nimble talent and high-wire-act tension that typified the performer’s life, utilizing electrifying performance excepts, never-before-seen photographs, and star-studded interviews including Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones and Kim Novak. A thrilling, enlightening and redemptive look at the lesser known aspects of his extraordinary life, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME, finally restores the deserved respect that had eluded the entertainment legend for so long.the first major film documentary to examine Davis vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Post-Screening Q&A with Writer/Co-Producer Laurence Maslon. BUY TICKETS CONNECT Follow us on social media for all the latest information about upcoming events and screenings! ‌ ‌ ‌ COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK! MEMBERSHIP Become a Film Society Member and save on all film tickets for an entire year! JOIN NOW About Gold Coast International Film Festival The Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF) is a a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. Located on the North Shore of Long Island. Since 2011, the Gold Coast International Film Festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to standing room only audiences throughout the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. GCIFF is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center. Gold Coast Arts Center | 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021 Unsubscribe joesphwoods@hidebox.org Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by info@goldcoastfilmfestival.org in collaboration with Try it free today