Highlights from Day Four at DOC NYC
Curtis Sliwa, Sammy Davis Jr., and Susan Sarandon shine on day four of DOC NYC
Rebels, renegades, and dreamers dominated day four of DOC NYC, as audiences were treated to special guest appearances and stories about an inspirational startup in Lebanon, a crime-fighting crew in New York City, and a Hollywood legend who defied expectations.
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon was among the guests who answered questions from an enthusiastic audience following Sunday’s screening of Soufra, which she also executive produced. The film follows Mariam Shaar and a group of enterprising women as they attempt to launch a catering business from a refugee camp in Beirut. Defying the odds by hitting the streets, Curtis Sliwa brought together a rag-tag crew of New Yorkers to form what could easily be called the most infamous neighborhood watch group of all time. Also making an in-person appearance following the World Premier Screening of Vigilante: The Incredible True Story of Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels, Sliwa offered his unique brand of animated commentary to a hometown crowd gathered at the SVA theater, proudly sporting his signature red beret. Rat Pack member and legend of Hollywood’s ‘golden age,’ Sammy Davis Jr. spent his entire career on the edge of controversy, refusing to present anything other than his authentic self to fans and foes alike, and Director Sam Pollard’s Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me – named after Davis Jr’s hit song of the same name – is an electrifying and thoughtful tribute to a truly one-of-a-kind entertainer.