She was the voice of a generation, and a flame that died out far to soon. Janis Joplin arguably the greatest female rock singer of all time is the subject of a new documentary /movie premiering at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival this coming September. The aptly titled film, Janis, is directed by Amy Berg, whose list of credits include West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.
With the full backing of Janis’ estate and family, the movie is an uncensored look at the singer’s life, and tragic death from a heroin overdose at the tender age of 27.
Narrated throughout by veteran indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall AKA Cat Power, she reads excerpts from Joplin’s personal letters to family, lovers and friends.
Included in the movie are interviews with Janis’ family members, friends and fellow rock-stars; all of which are unseen and newly found footage including fantastic clips from her performances at the Monterey Pop festival, Woodstock and the Festival Express Tour. The movie is sprinkled with all of the classic Janis hits including: “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby” and of course, “Summertime.”
This wonderful movie has been along time coming, “After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen,” says director Berg. “This has been a labor of love and I cannot wait to share Janis’ unique, intimate story with the world.”
The legacy of Janis Joplin will only be enhanced by this movie, and with the film being co-produced by Alex Gibney, the man behind 2007’s Taxi to the Dark Side, 2014’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, you know the movie will have you captivated from the opening scene.