Broadcast in PBS’ American Masters series in May 2016
Janis: Little Girl Blue (directed by Amy J. Berg) documents Janis Joplin’s evolution into one of the most revered and iconic rock and roll singers of all time – an artist who thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails until her death in 1971 at age 27. Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth, presenting an intimate portrait of a complicated and driven artist. Narrated by musician Cat Power, the film uses Joplin’s own words to tell much of her story, drawing on a series of letters she wrote to her friends, family and collaborators over the years, many of them made public here for the first time. Amy Berg stated: “The only way to tell Janis’ story was through Janis’ voice. Her letters show the vulnerable artist, daughter and lover Janis was in her short but impactful life.” Joplin was indeed a powerhouse when she sang, and her meteoric rise and untimely demise changed music forever.
Released in 2015
Running time: 103 minutes
Tales from the Heart