The Cannes Film Festival: Amy Berg's "Janis: Little Girl Blue" Gets Personal

Photo Credit: Jigsaw Productions
May 12th, 2014

Janis Joplin rose to prominence in the 1960s, becoming one of the most notable blues, psychedelic rock and acid rock singers of all time and paving the way for female rock performers of the future. Although numerous films about the legendary singer have already been made, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg will share a personal, intimate look at Joplin's brief life in her upcoming documentary "Janis: Little Girl Blue." The film will be shown at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and it promises to be a wild ride.

In the documentary, director Amy Berg plans to portray Janis Joplin in a new light, looking behind the rock-and-roll persona to introduce the real woman. The film will rely on intimate interviews with Joplin's friends, family and fellow rock musicians who knew her personally. According to Jamie Carmichael of Content Media, the company handling sales, the story Berg tells is both emotional and tragic. On one side, Berg shows that Joplin was kind, gentle and innocent. On the other, she was incredibly powerful. Much of the film will be narrated by Joplin herself through personal letters to family and friends, ensuring that the singer is accurately portrayed.

"Janis: Little Girl Blue" aims to detail the short, intense and meaningful life of the talented Janis Joplin. The singer-songwriter first became a musical sensation as the leader of the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and she later went on to have a successful solo career. During this time, she released a number of hits, including "Piece of My Heart," "Cry Baby" and "Mercedes Benz." She performed live at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in 1967, Woodstock in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970. In 1970 when she was just 27 years old, Joplin died of a heroin overdose. The documentary will cover these and other important events in the legendary singer's life.

Director Amy Berg has expressed her intense excitement to tell the story of the legendary Joplin in a way that would make her proud. Berg sees Joplin as an amazing icon in the world of rock music who paved the way for women of future generations. Berg is an up-and-coming director who is known for the documentary "West of Memphis." She is also working on another documentary that delves into the world of illegal Hollywood sex rings. "Janis: Little Girl Blue" will be produced by Oscar-winning Alex Gibney, who is also known for her documentaries. The film will be edited by Billy McMillin, who previously worked with Berg on "West of Memphis." This first-class production crew promises that the upcoming Joplin documentary will be entertaining, engaging and impactful, painting an accurate portrait of the rock performer with interviews, songs, intimate letters and never-before-seen footage of the late singer.

"Janis: Little Girl Blue" is a feature-length documentary to be produced by Jigsaw Productions, Disarming Films and THIRTEEN Productions. Berg will be producing via Disarming Films, and Alex Gibney will be producing via Jigsaw Productions. The film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where Content Media will show the film to potential buyers. Its first national broadcast will be on the PBS series "American Masters," which features documentaries exploring the lives of some of the greatest musicians, writers and artists in American history.

Although Berg and the rest of the filmmaking team have not released many details about the film, audiences are expecting an interesting story with details that have not been shared in any other Janis Joplin documentary or movie. The longer length of the movie suggests that the story will have time for intriguing details that might have otherwise been overlooked. Amy Berg is known for heartfelt and extraordinary direction, as evidenced by her highly acclaimed work on "West of Memphis." The film is set to cover the entire life of Janis Joplin, so audiences can expect to learn fascinating facts about her childhood and education as well as her untimely demise.

"Janis: Little Girl Blue" is a personal, intimate and emotional look at one of the greatest American musicians of all time, spearheaded by an extraordinary documentarian in Amy Berg. The film is sure to be an engaging production, revealing little-known facts about the deceased singer. The film will use songs, footage and the words of Janis Joplin herself to help viewers get up close and personal with the woman behind the rock legend. Fans of rock and roll are eagerly awaiting the release of the quintessential story of Joplin's life during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

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