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Janis: Little Girl Blue

Broad­cast in PBSAmer­i­can 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

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