From the moment she started, soul singer Betty Davis was a performer ahead of her time. With her raunchy lyrics, open sexual attitude, and sci-fi wardrobe, Davis laid the groundwork for the likes of Madonna, Grace Jones, Peaches, and Janelle Monáe. She released three studio albums in three years, Betty Davis (1973), They Say I’m Different (1974), and Nasty Gal (1975), producing the latter two herself. And then, she vanished from the music industry altogether. This film, named for her second record, finds her over 30 years later enjoying near-anonymous retirement in Pittsburgh. With his expressive tribute, and with the help of Davis herself, Cox sheds new light on an artist who by rights should be a legend, while also attempting to make sense of her decision to walk away.
Betty is preceded by a trailer reel for the entire Film POP 2018 program.