Film to tell story of songwriting Sherman Brothers

The 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival will screen the documentary film “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Garfield Theatre in La Jolla. The festival is sponsored by the Leichtag Family Foundation, and presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus.

The film, according to producers, “is an intimate journey through the lives of Robert and Richard Sherman, the prolific Academy Award-winning songwriting team. Their songs ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ (‘Mary Poppins’) and ‘I Want To Be Like You’ (‘The 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, 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 Walt 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 U.S. government.


    What:‘The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story’When:7:30 p.m. Oct. 3Where:David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La JollaTickets:$11.25 members, $13.25 nonmembers; (858) 362-1348,

— Light Staff