Catwoman vs. The White House

  • President Johnson and Eartha Kitt at a luncheonPresident Johnson and Eartha Kitt at a luncheon
  • President Johnson looking down at Eartha KittPresident Johnson looking down at Eartha Kitt
  • Kitt stares stonefaced at JohnsonKitt stares stonefaced at Johnson

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TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Thu, Apr 28 5:30 PM
Paris 1969: jazz visionary Thelonious Monk endures an agonizing interview for French television that crackles with ferocity in the face of patronization. Between Monk's soaring musical talent and the interviewer's autocratic style, this raw archival footage demands that one listen between the lines.
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Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Fri, Apr 29 9:00 AM
Paris 1969: jazz visionary Thelonious Monk endures an agonizing interview for French television that crackles with ferocity in the face of patronization. Between Monk's soaring musical talent and the interviewer's autocratic style, this raw archival footage demands that one listen between the lines.
Rewind & Play
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Tue, May 3 11:45 AM
Paris 1969: jazz visionary Thelonious Monk endures an agonizing interview for French television that crackles with ferocity in the face of patronization. Between Monk's soaring musical talent and the interviewer's autocratic style, this raw archival footage demands that one listen between the lines.
Film Info
Runtime:12
Copyright:2022
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Landing Page:https://hotdocs.ca/whats-on/hot-docs-festival/films/2022/catwoman-vs-the-white-house
Festival Info
Festival Year:2022
Language:English
Program Category:Shorts
Website:http://www.scottcalonico.com/catwoman
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Scott Calonico
Producer(s):Scott Calonico
Jeffrey Radice
Writer(s):Scott Calonico
Editor(s):Nathan McGinty
Composer:Steven Sanders
Sound:Eric Friend

Description

Framed as a Batman episode, new archival footage details Eartha Kitt's run-in with Lady Bird Johnson and the president at a 1968 luncheon. Mixing TV clips of Kitt in character as Catwoman and as herself among Washington's wives, she summons her superpowers to sound off about the Vietnam War. A necessary reminder of how society treats Black women who speak up and how history regards heroines. Angie Driscoll