Janis: Little Girl Blue

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USA | 2015 | 106 minutes | Amy Berg

December 4 - 23, 2015

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Held over! Ends Dec 22
Janis Joplin’s ferocious, soulful voice dominated the music scene of the late 1960’s, while personally she grappled with inner demons and addictions. From Oscar nominated director Amy J. Berg (West of Memphis) comes this insightful portrait of the original “Rock Chick”, narrated by Chan Marshall (musician Cat Power) and featuring wonderful archival footage, Janis’s personal correspondence, and interviews with the singer’s friends and family.

Growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, Joplin was a tomboy beatnik who was sorely out of place. "They laughed me out of class, out of town, and out of the state," she says in a clip from The Dick Cavett Show. She found a more welcoming community in San Francisco's scene of hippies and psychedelic rockers, where she joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. On stage and on camera, Joplin frequently projected an image of being high and happy-go-lucky, but underneath she was a vulnerable character who cycled in and out of addictions and channeled her emotions into her art.

  • Director: Amy Berg
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 106 minutes