Documentary on songwriting Sherman Brothers to be screened Oct. 3
SAN DIEGO (Press Release) – The documentary film The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story will be screened on October 3, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre of the Lawrence Family JCC, Jacobs Family campus.
The Boys is an intimate journey through the lives of Robert and Richard Sherman, the prolific Academy Awards-winning songwriting team. Their songs, “It’s a Small World,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” (Mary Poppins) and “I Want To Be Like You” (Jungle Book), to name a few, celebrated family entertainment and happy endings. Their life together was not as harmonious. This film is a fascinating portrait of two immensely talented men and their memorable music.
Directors Jeffrey C. Sherman and Gregory V. Sherman, who are also sons of the Sherman Brothers, will be available for a question and answer session after the screening.
The Sherman Brothers wrote more motion-picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history, working for Walk Disney during the last six years of Disney’s life. Sons of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Robert and Richard Sherman began writing songs together in 1951 on a challenge from their father, Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman.
In 1965, the Sherman Brothers won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, including the Oscar-winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” The Shermans subsequently earned nine Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Awards, four Grammy Award nominations, and 23 gold- and platinum-certified albums.
For their contributions to the motion picture industry, the Sherman brothers have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2008, the Sherman brothers received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor conferred upon artists or patrons of the arts by the United States government.
Preceding provided by the San Diego Centre for Jewish Culture