Friday, July 26, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm show, and after party, until 11:30 pm
AMC Lowes Waterfront 22 Theater
and Sing Sing/Rock Bottom at The Waterfront
Original Funk Queen Betty Davis took on 1970’s establishment America and changed the course of women in music forever. Then she vanished. Forty years later, Betty, in a creative and constructed narrative, finally shares her extraordinary story.
Betty Mabry 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”. An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town (Homestead, PA), 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. Betty was a feminist pioneer, inspiring and intimidating in a manner like no woman before.
Then suddenly – she just vanished. Betty Mabry Davis is a global icon whose mysterious life story has until now, never been told. Creatively blending documentary, animation and nonfiction techniques, 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, revealing the mystery of her 35-year disappearance and her battle with mental illness and poverty. 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.
“There’s always been a bird inside of me,” confesses the gravelly voice of Betty Davis at the beginning of Phil Cox’s latest documentary. “A black crow, that’s always been with me. But for a long time, crow and I really didn’t know how to speak.”
Following months of conversations with Cox, Davis decided to entrust him with her story; as long as it was done on her terms. Based on these discussions, Cox has created a sizzling biopic detailing how she revolutionized the music landscape for black women. Combining talking-head interviews with family, friends and former band members, with snippets from their conversations, the film is a cinematic interpretation of Davis’ life, emulating her subversive style by blending testimony with psychedelic animation and an assortment of unconventional nonfiction techniques.
The Homestead Premier of
“Betty – They Say I’m Different”
The Battle of Homestead Foundation presents the Homestead premier of “Betty – They Say I’m Different” on the Queen of Funk’s 75th Birthday!!!
Join us for a Red Carpet evening affair as we celebrate Homestead resident, Queen of Funk, Betty Davis on her 75th birthday! A merchandise table will be set up with CDs, LPs, photos and accessories. Enter a raffle to win an autographed film poster by the Queen of Funk herself! Enjoy a talk back and Q&A with Associate Producer of the film, Danielle Maggio. After the film, stroll over to Sing Sing/Rock Bottom at The Waterfront (5 minute walk from theatre) and get up and get down to a funky dance party with DJ Anthony Susan [Get Down Gang]. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a full bar, and a live DJ set of soul, funk, r&b, disco + more!
RED CARPET EVENING SCREENING OF “BETTY – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT” + Q&A W/ ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, Danielle Maggio 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, AMC Waterfront 22 – $30 General Admission – Includes admission to film + after party.
$50 VIP Admission (only 50 seats available) – Includes admission to film, reserved luxury seating, autographed Betty Davis photo, admission to after party, complimentary appetizers & one drink ticket.
QUEEN OF FUNK AFTER PARTY W/ DJ Anthony Susan [GET DOWN GANG] 8:30 pm-11:30 pm, Sing Sing/Rock Bottom at The Waterfront – $20 After Party ONLY – Includes admission to after party ONLY with complimentary appetizers and live DJ entertainment.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://bhfdn.in/312Cvei
On Eventbrite – Search for “Betty Davis”
Proceeds from these events benefit the The Battle of Homestead Foundation, a non-profit, charitable, educational organization.
“The Battle of Homestead Foundation is a non-profit organization under federal IRS code 501(c)(3) registered with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations. The official registration and financial information of the Battle of Homestead Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.”