2017 | 100 minutes | Documentary | English
A dancer, singer, impressionist, and actor of unparalleled charisma, Sammy Davis Jr. began dazzling audiences at age three and never stopped until his death at 64. A star of stage and screen and member of the legendary Rat Pack, he 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. Davis inspired African Americans with his showbiz successes and his alignment with Martin Luther King; he also baffled progressive admirers by campaigning for Nixon and going to Vietnam. He was a performer and a patriot, and as devoted to Judaism as he was to entertainment.
Guest Speaker – Marshall Weiss
Marshall Weiss is the founding editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer, which he began publishing for The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton more than two decades ago. A past president of the American Jewish Press Association, Marshall is the recipient of numerous first-place awards from AJPA and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.
Nominated: Best Documentary, Philadelphia FF; Official Selection, Toronto International FF