Amy Berg to Helm Joplin Documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue


Content announced today that Disarming Films’ Academy Award nominated Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil, West of Memphis) is directing and producing the upcoming Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue.

Currently in production, Berg’s documentary strips away Janis’ rock ‘n’ roll persona to reveal the gentle, trusting, innocent, but powerful woman behind the legend, in the quintessential story of the short, turbulent and epic existence that changed music forever.

“I’m thrilled that I have the opportunity to tell Janis’ story,” says Berg. “She’s an amazing rock icon who paved the way for generations of women to come. We have a great producing team coming together to make this film and I hope we make her proud.”

“I’m a great fan of Janis Joplin,” Content’s Jamie Carmichael adds, “but I don’t think I’d ever heard her real story until now. The incomparable Amy Berg is showing us the woman behind the myth, and the result is fascinating, tragic, amusing and very emotional. Janis’ talent was extraordinary, and she paid for it with her life.”

Well known as a rock icon and a goddess of sound, Joplin’s personal story goes far deeper. Janis serves as the narrator for her own life story – intimate, personal letters she wrote to her family, friends and lovers take us on a journey starting from her childhood. Her talent and magnetism is self-evident in rare and never-before-seen footage. We follow Janis performing at Monterey Pop in 1967, Woodstock in 1969, and Festival Express in 1970 as well as witness interviews with her family, friends and rock star contemporaries who paint a new, intimate portrait of Janis the woman and tell the heartbreaking tale of her demise.

Featuring a soundtrack of Janis’ greatest hits – “Cry Baby,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Piece of My Heart” and many more, Janis: Little Girl Blue will join the pantheon of great music documentaries by providing a glimpse into the private life and inner struggles of one of the world’s most influential rock icons.

Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, The Armstrong Lie) is producing under his Jigsaw Productions banner with Jeff Jampol (The Doors: When You’re Strange) from JAM, Inc and Billy McMillin (West of Memphis, Iraq in Fragments) is editing. The documentary is executive produced by Noah Haeussner, Susan Lacy, Michael Kantor and Michael Raimondi. Content will be handling worldwide sales and introducing the documentary to buyers at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Disarming Films, Jigsaw Productions and Thirteen Productions LLC’s “American Masters” are co-producing in association with Sony Music Entertainment and UEG (Union Entertainment Group). The film will have its U.S. broadcast premiere on the “American Masters” series on PBS.