AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 24-November 30: JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE

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Opening Nov. 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Janis: Little Girl Blue, the new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg which looks at the life and work of legendary blues singer Janis Joplin. Read on…

Narrated by musician Cat Power, the film pieces together the story of how Janis evolved into an international star through the personal, moving letters she wrote over the years to her friends, family and musical collaborators. Together with well-chosen archive footage and new talking heads with those who knew her best – siblings and friends including Bob Weir and Kris Kristofferson – it paints a picture of a supreme talent, but also a woman struggling to make her mark in an overwhelmingly male dominated industry.

Of course, the fact that Joplin died so young, of a drugs overdose at age 27, is never far from the mind and, while she never glosses over this tragedy, Berg (Deliver Us From Evil, An Open Secret) is sure to focus on the singer’s huge accomplishment and electric personality. It’s a vivid, vital portrait of an exceptional woman.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Pam Grady: A scorching, never-seen-before performance of “Me and Bobby McGee” is among the delights of Janis: Little Girl Blue, Amy Berg’s insightful, moving documentary about the life of influential blues and rock singer Janis Joplin.

Jennifer Merin: Amy Berg’s insightful Janis: Little Girl Blue delivers a lot of detail about the life and career of the iconic singer, and none of it is trivial.

Film Details:
Title: Janis: Little Girl Blue
Director: Amy Berg
Release Date: Nov 27, 2015
Running Time: 103 mins
Language: English
Principal Cast: Janis Joplin, Cat Power
Production Companies: Disarming Films, Jigsaw Productions
Distributor: FilmRise

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of November 24 – November 30

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.