Janis: Little Girl Blue

A portrait of Janis Joplin, cultural icon haunted by inner demons

2015 | Running Time: 103 minutes | Rating: TV-MA

One of the most revered and influential rock ’n’ roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails before her death at age 27. Exploring her childhood, struggles with addiction, role in the cultural revolution of the 1960s, surprising rise to stardom and untimely demise, Joplin’s own words tell much of her story through a series of letters read by Chan Marshall, best known as indie rock star Cat Power. Original interviews with Joplin’s siblings, friends, lovers and fellow musicians, including Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) and Clive Davis, give a complete sense of someone haunted by a need for acceptance throughout her life, despite her on-stage bravado. The film premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. Filmmakers: Amy Berg, Director/Producer; Alex Gibney, Producer; Jayne Goldsmith, Co-producer; Katelyn Howes, co-producer; Jeff Jampol, Producer; Katherine LeBlond, Producer; Jonathan McHugh, Co-producer

Calgary Underground Film Festival 2016: Best Documentary Feature
Key West Film Festival 2015: Best Feature
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards 2016: Best Music Supervision For a Documentary (nomination)
Venice Film Festival 2015: Queer Lion (nomination)


“It propels that short life and career across the years, to a moment right now where other lives — and great careers — are still inspired by Joplin’s considerable vitality.”

NEWSDAY