Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story details the saga around the infamous photo that the comic posted of a severed Donald Trump head. It's an entirely self-funded project that Griffin and her director Troy Miller put together to tell the larger story of the fallout from Griffin's famously unapologetic point of view.
Griffin wears the same blue-bowed dress she's seen wearing in the photo in question. She name-drops left and right who did and didn't support her after she lost jobs and was blacklisted in Hollywood. The film is enormously funny (like her or not, anyone who says Griffin isn't talented is just disingenuous at this point), and the Los Angeles audience in front of whom she taped it eats every bit up.
It is a misnomer to call it a documentary, though; it is basically 75 minutes of stand-up and five minutes of narrated b-roll where we see behind-the-scenes stills of the photoshoot that produced the Trump photo and later, Griffin doing speaking engagements in front of unidentified crowds wearing a First Amendment t-shirt.
That Griffin has suffered grave consequences in the wake of her decision to post the photo and suffers still, is very clear in the film. What is less clear, however, is how this applies to us, why we should care, and what exactly she wants from us — and for us — other than ticket sales.
Date and Time
- Sat, November 2, 2019
- 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- The Castro Theatre
- 429 Castro Street
- San Francisco, CA 94114
Special screening of Kathy Griffin's: "A Hell of a Story." Q&A with Kathy Griffin by Kate Kendell after screening.
Hosted by Mark Rhoades
Benefiting The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation
Emceed by Sister Roma