JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE – Janis Joplin Documentary with dir. Amy Berg

JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE is the new Janis Joplin documentary that explores the life and music of the psychedelic queen of the blues. Director Amy Berg shares the film with clips and the trailer, discusses Janis on the Dick Cavett show, and also details her collaboration with Cat Power on the film. The sexual and social impact of Joplin, and the progression of the film from early stages to its premiere is all explored, and we also revisit Berg’s work PROPHET’S PREY, with Ondi Timoner on BYOD.

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.
Amy Berg is a critically acclaimed, Emmy-award winning and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. She was nominated for an Academy Award and a DGA Award (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary) for her documentary DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2006). She went on to direct WEST OF MEMPHIS, a documentary about the failure of the justice system in the West Memphis Three case. She worked in collaboration with producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. The film premiered to rave reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was BAFTA nominated and won the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award. Sony Pictures Classics released the film in Fall 2012.
Amy completed her first narrative feature, EVERY SECRET THING, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and was released theatrically in May 2015. Her doc, Prophet’s Prey, which was made in association with Showtime and Imagine Entertainment will open in theatres this fall. She is currently in production on several films at her company, Disarming Films, and will be premiering her project about music legend Janis Joplin at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this September. Amy’s company, Disarming Films, writes and produces long-form documentaries focusing on social justice.


BYOD Full Episodes Playlist:

BYOD Short Clips Playlist:


00:01 Welcoming Amy Berg to BYOD.
01:15 Pitching the film.
02:19 Letters, roadblocks with production and The 27 club.
06:25 Janis’ love letters.
08:15 JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE, Clip: Recording at the Chelsea Hotel.
09:40 Constructing the story and locating footage.
11:55 The Dick Cavett show and ending the film with John Lennon & Yoko Ono.
13:50 Growing up in Port Arthur, Texas and their museum exhibit for Janis.
14:50 Interviewing Janis’ siblings.
18:35 Telling Janis’ life through the limits and challenges of letters and archival footage.
20:31 Peter de Blanc letters, heartbreak and thoughts on men.
23:25 Sexuality and living as a feminist.
24:28 Fame and finding love offstage.
27:11 Janis’ highs and lows.
29:27 Capturing the struggle of an independent woman in a band.
32:03 Composing the film and working with Cat Power.
33:32 Sundance with Ondi and PROPHETS PREY.
34:16 Where to watch.
34:50 Thank you and goodbye.

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