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Movie:BETTY: They Say I’m Different

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BETTY: They Say I’m Different

Monday, December 10th @ 7:00 PM

Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15212

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BETTY:  They Say I’m Different

Filmmaker:  Phil Cox         Genre:  Music Documentary        

Year: 2017    Length:  52 Minutes

Countries:  United Kingdom/France

Official Selection:  2018 Festival of Music and Film, Johannesburg, South Africa

                             2018 Festival du Jazzasette,

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Synopsis (Courtesy of Native Voices Films)

Funk Queen Betty Davis changed the landscape for female artists in America. She “was the first…” as former husband Miles Davis said. “Madonna before Madonna, Prince before Prince”.

A songwriter from a small local steel town, Betty arrived on the 70’s scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music.  She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles – startlingly turning him from jazz to funk on the album she named “Bitches Brew”. She then, despite being banned and boycotted, went on to become the first black woman to perform, write and manage herself. Then suddenly – she vanished.

Creatively blending documentary and animation this movie traces the path of Betty’s life, how she grew from humble upbringings to become a fully self-realized black female pioneer the world failed to understand or appreciate. After years of trying, the elusive Betty, forever the free-spirited Black Power Goddess, finally allowed the filmmakers to creatively tell her story based on their conversations.