August 18, 2016
Directed by Amy Berg
103 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic singers of all time. She electrified and thrilled millions of listeners with her powerful, soulful voice, and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at age 27. With massive hits including “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart,” and such classic albums as Cheap Thrills and Pearl, Joplin was one of the performers who embodied the musical and cultural revolution of the 1960s.
Yet, her on-stage bravado and uninhibited sexual persona hid hurt and insecurity stemming from her childhood in conservative Texas. On relocating to San Francisco and discovering the blues, Janis found an outlet for her pain and loneliness and fell into a community that would embrace and celebrate her talent.
Oscar®-nominated Amy Berg presents a moving, insightful portrait of the original “Rock Chick” Janis Joplin, a woman with a ferocious, soulful voice who broke into the male-dominated music scene but grappled with her inner demons and addictions.
JANIS: Little Girl Blue brings to life Janis the paradox, both insecure and brazen, with interviews from old band members, unseen audio and video footage (some shot by legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker), and readings from Janis’s letters home to her parents voiced by musician/actor Chan Marshall, who performs as Cat Power. JANIS: Little Girl Blue offers new understanding of a bright, complex woman, whose surprising rise and sudden demise changed music forever.
Official Selection: 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, 2015 Venice Film Festival, 2015 London Film Festival