ACMI Presents

Janis: Little Girl Blue

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Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n roll singers of all time: Janis Joplin. Joplin’s life story is revealed for the first time on film through electrifying archival footage, revealing interviews with friends and family and rare personal letters, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a bright, complicated artist who changed music forever. Narrated by Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall).

Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock and roll singers of all time; a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. With Janis: Little Girl Blue, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) examines Joplin’s story in depth for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist.

With massive hits including “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart,” and such classic albums as Cheap Thrills and Pearl, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joplin was one of the definitive stars to emerge during the musical and cultural revolution of the 1960s. She delivered a breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival and was one of the memorable acts at Woodstock. Her legacy has only grown since her passing. She ranked high on Rolling Stone’s lists of both the Greatest Singers and Greatest Artists of All Time and is claimed as an influence by virtually every female rocker who has followed (and many male singers, as well). Ultimately, Janis Joplin is a paradox, a pioneer for a new kind of female performer; one who never stopped seeking love and stability and always on her own terms.