More About “Betty — They Say I’m Different” Screenings & The Film

Sug­ar Fam­i­ly the debut of “Bet­ty — They Say I’m Dif­fer­ent” occurred on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17th at IDFA to a sold-out house.  The next two screen­ings on Novem­ber 18th and 20th are also sold-out.  Hence we are only list­ing the Novem­ber 24th and 25th screen­ings.  If you have friends in Ams­ter­dam and sur­round­ing cities in The Nether­lands who you think would be inter­est­ed … we’d advise you please … let them know quick­ly.

More About The Film … this is project by direc­tor Phil Cox who has writ­ten this cre­ative doc­u­men­tary after four years of con­vers­ing and spend­ing time with Bet­ty Davis.  We were approached by Damon Smith this past sum­mer and after a few very excit­ed con­ver­sa­tions set up a film­ing ses­sion at Brook­lyn N.Y.‘s CMS Stu­dios.  BSA per­formed a touch of Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”, Betty’s “Step­pin In Her I. Miller Shoes” and Miles’ “Made­moi­selle Mabry”.  Along with a spo­ken piece by our esteemed founder Greg Tate, the BSA ren­di­tion of “Made­moi­selle Mabry” made the cur­rent cut.

“BETTY — THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT” Cred­its & Syn­op­sis :

A NATIVE VOICE FILMS & LA COMPAGNIE DES TAXI BROUSSE film in Co-pro­duc­tion with ARTE
 ~~ Direct­ed and filmed by PHIL COX
 ~~ Pro­duced by GIOVANNA STOPPONI, DAMON SMITH, LAURENT MINI
 ~~ Exec­tu­ive Pro­duc­ers: KARIM SAMAI, CATHERINE BAILEY ~~ Edi­tor ESTEBAN UYARRA ~~ 
Asso­ciate Pro­duc­er DANIELLE MAGGIO ~~ 
Ani­ma­tions  KASH

With her sug­ges­tive lyrics (“If I’m in Luck I Might Get Picked Up”) and auda­cious out­fits, the funk singer Bet­ty Davis is far ahead of her time. Too far, per­haps. “If Bet­ty were singing today she’d be some­thing like Madon­na; some­thing like Prince,” wrote jazz trum­peter Miles Davis in his 1989 auto­bi­og­ra­phy. Davis mar­ried Bet­ty in 1968, and she kept his sur­name after their divorce the fol­low­ing year. Bet­ty – They Say I’m Dif­fer­ent, named after her sec­ond stu­dio album, which was released in 1974, focus­es on the rea­sons why this “bold soul sis­ter” left the music indus­try in the late 1970s. There are inter­views with fam­i­ly mem­bers, friends and for­mer band mem­bers. The voice-over, tint­ed with res­ig­na­tion as it describes her life and its direc­tions, is inspired by inter­views with Bet­ty Davis and her song lyrics. Davis has var­i­ous alter egos: besides Nasty Girl (the title of her third album), there’s also the more spir­i­tu­al Crow. Regard­less, she’s “hap­py my music is still alive.”

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