“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me.” The Atlanta Film Festival opens with a portrait of one of the 20th century’s most beloved entertainers, Sammy Davis Jr., aka “the Candy Man.” A Harlem-born vaudevillian who converted to Judaism after a 1954 car accident, Davis performed with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as part of the Rat Pack and became a global celebrity. Interviewees include Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal and Jerry Lewis (who died last year).
For its 18th year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns to local cinemas with a robust lineup of movies that showcase such themes as Jewish-American life, the Holocaust, Israeli cinema and, particularly this year, the realm of arts and entertainment.
The festival screens more than 70 narrative and documentary shorts and feature films from 27 countries at almost 200 screenings across the city. The following highlights include the opening and closing night features.