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.”