Skype interview with director Sam Pollard follows the screening.
Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925–1990) was a uniquely gifted, multi-talented entertainer who didn’t shy away from controversy. His first screen role was at the age of 7. After he served in the Army during World War II, his career took off. He famously became a member of the Rat Pack in the 1950s and publicly converted to Judaism. Award–winning filmmaker Sam Pollard combines interviews, performances, and commentary from Davis, Jr. himself to create a fascinating portrait of a complex man.
“Sammy Davis, Jr. used his talent to fight bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism. Hopefully audiences will come away from the film marveling at his talent, and wondering why, to paraphrase his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the arc of the moral universe takes so long to bend toward justice.” —Michael Kantor, executive producer
About the Filmmaker
Samuel D. Pollard is a university professor, television and film editor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He has edited a number of Spike Lee's films, including Mo' Better Blues. In addition, Pollard and Lee coproduced two documentaries: Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson for HBO; and Four Little Girls, an Academy Award–nominated documentary about the 1965 Birmingham church bombings.
About the Moderator
Carroll Parrott Blue is a Houston-based artist, educator, activist, and filmmaker noted for her documentary-film and interactive-multimedia works. See her latest project, Damaged & Defiant, in the “Houston Chronicle.”