In Janis: Little Girl Blue, Oscar® nominated Amy J. Berg (West of Memphis) presents a moving, insightful portrait of the original “Rock Chick” Janis Joplin, a white girl with a ferocious, soulful voice who broke into the male-dominated music scene but grappled with her inner demons and addictions. Produced by Oscar® winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Darkside) and voiced by Chan Marshall (musician Cat Power), the film features wonderful archival footage alongside Janis’spersonal correspondence and contemporary interviews. Janis: Little Girl Blue opens in UK cinemas 5th February 2016.
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 MyHeart,” 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.
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 filmmakerD.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 a new understanding of a bright, complex woman whose surprising rise and sudden demise changed music forever.
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|6:00pm:||Pre-film party in Guild Hall at St. John the Evangelist Church with libations by Modelo beer, Tom Gore & Nobilo wines, hors d'oeuvres by Blackstone Caterers, & live music by Andi Flax|
|7:15pm:||Film screening inside St. John the Evangelist Church|
|Run time:||103 minutes|
'A classic rock documentary... exhilarating'
'Amy Berg brings an intimate voice to her absorbing documentary portrait of late blues-rock goddess Janis Joplin'