Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Follow the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. as he navigates the racial prejudices and shifting political terrain of 20th century America. A documentary worthy of this complex, contradictory, and complicated figure, I've Gotta Be Me explores the career and art of this larger-than-life performer who found himself bracketed by the bigotry of White America and the scruitiny of civil rights-era Black America. New interviews (Norman Lear, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg) combine with never-before-seen photos to provide an entirely fresh look at this icon who sat at the crossroads of cultural/racial identity.


Film Sponsor: Baird

Community Partners: ALIVE MKE, Woodruff Group, BlankSpaceMKE


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures & Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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