Danielle Maggio in person! Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2018

Betty: They Say I'm Different

2017, Phil Cox, USA, 56 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Aug 19th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Aug 20th 8:00pm

"A sizzling biopic detailing how [Davis] revolutionized the music landscape for black women." - Patrick Gamble, Little White Lies

Innovator. Icon. Enigma. Born in North Carolina, Betty Davis began writing songs at age 12, entered the New York hipster scene in the 1960s, met and wed Miles Davis, and, in the course of a stormy one-year marriage, steered him in the direction of jazz fusion that would produce the turning-point album "Bitches Brew." After the divorce, she pursued her own career as songwriter and performer. At a time when the elegant polish of the Supremes was the role model, Davis, in such songs as "Nasty Gal" and "If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up," unleashed a raw funk sound drenched with a brazen sexuality that still seems startling. Akin to Angela Davis and Pam Grier as an icon of empowered black womanhood, and a trailblazer for such sexualized performers as Madonna, Prince, and Rick James, Betty was too different for her time. Banned, boycotted, and marginalized, she dropped out of the music world and disappeared into a 35-year seclusion, until filmmaker Cox sought her out in a Pittsburgh suburb and persuaded her to open up for this imaginative portrait of a revolutionary artist. DCP digital. (MR)

August 19: Associate Producer Danielle Maggio is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

August 20: Associate Producer Danielle Maggio is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by DJ/Music Historian Duane Powell. There will be a post-screening funk dance party featuring DJ I.N.C.

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