What Makes Sammy Run


Thursday, September 12, 2013

7:00 - 10:00 pm


A Special Screening Event

Presented by Juntobox Films and Slamdance Films


A dark political satire about how Sammy Davis, Jr. caused the Watergate scandal.



Equal parts Dr. Strangelove, Zelig, and Network, What Makes Sammy Run? takes you on a psychedelic trip into the1970s polyester heart of darkness. On a USO tour of Vietnam, Sammy Davis Jr. stumbles upon a CIA-sponsored plot to smuggle heroin into the United States.  Through comic ineptitude mixed with noble intentions, Davis triggers a chain of bizarre missteps by the FBI, the Mafia, and the Nixon administration that result in the Watergate scandal


with a special bonus reading by Darius James

7:00 Opening Reception
7:30 Darius James reads “Drink With The Devil”
8:00 “What Makes Sammy Run?” - Work in Progress screening (40 mins.)
8:45 Q&A
9:15 Closing Reception 


“What Makes Sammy Run?”

Directed by Noel Lawrence (in attendance)
Written by Darius James & Noel Lawrence (in attendance)
Produced by Karina Pyudik (in attendance)

Richard Beatty as Sammy Davis, Jr. (in attendance)
Philip Proctor as Richard Nixon (in attendance)
Tagline: Sammy Davis Jr.: Republican. Satanist. Patriot.



What Makes Sammy Run?”



In the gallery,

a group showing of period photography and art

benefitting the Free Arts organization.









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Thursday, September 12
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Space D5
Santa Monica, CA 90404 US
Thu / Sep

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