Kathy Griffin: A Hell of A Story

No matter how polarizing you may find her, this is an unprecedented story in US history. An attempt to decimate an American citizen from the highest levels of government. From losing an entire career, receiving death threats, being the subject of a federal investigation, it only took Kathy Griffin one afternoon to learn the impact one photo could have to ignite a continuous smear campaign. When the gossip blog TMZ published a photo of Griffin holding a mask that looked like the severed head of President Trump which quickly went global, on May 30, 2017, everything she had worked for in her life vanished overnight and she became the target of the President and the Department of Justice. In her first comedy concert film, Griffin shares the scary and hilarious behind the scenes stories of her fight to stand up for her first amendment rights. From Trump to celebrities, no person or topic is off limits. Watch this Phoenix rise and have a good laugh while you are doing it!

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Troy Miller




Director: Troy Miller
Producer: Kathy Griffin, Troy Miller, Michelle Nguyen
Screenwriter: Kathy Griffin
Cinematographer: Chuck Ozeas
Editor: Troy Miller / Pete Hentrich / Chris Stewart
Sound Designer: Ben Quiles
Principal Cast: Kathy Griffin
Additional Credits: Technical Producer: Aaron Latham James


Public Film Contact
Alex Spieller
Publicity Contact
Alex Spieller
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Experimental, LGBTQ
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 80:00 mins