Tracey Davis, the daughter of Sammy Davis, Jr. and controller of rights to his properties, has signed an agreement with Rick Appling to produce a feature film on the singer's life along with a series of documentaries.
Appling is only the second person to which Tracey Davis has granted permission, the first being Quincy Jones, and chose the filmmaker because of his background in independent film making and her father's belief in that industry. Tracey said "For film projects of this magnitude, I know my father would have wanted to incorporate his friends, Clint Eastwood, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, and Quincy Jones. One thing I remember about my dad is that he would always say to me, 'I enjoyed and admired the up and coming cats.' I know that he would have loved Jay-Z, P Diddy, Savion Glover, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Usher, and Spike Lee."
For his part, Appling said "God is Good. Being chosen to do the Sammy Davis Jr. story is one of my greatest accomplishments to date. I look forward to working with Tracey as her experience, knowledge, and love for her father I know will come across to the audiences of these films."
A portion of the proceeds from the Sammy Davis Jr. film will go to contribute to two non-profits that Appling supports. The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation, which provides health education, addresses major concerns and awareness to annuity on Health Care and the Hollywood Vine Recovery Center, which provides substance abuse treatment.
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