FilmRise takes U.S. rights to Berg’s Janis Joplin doc

Distributor FilmRise will give Amy Berg's Janis: Little Girl Blue a theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles ahead of the film's U.S. broadcast premiere on PBS next year.
October 8, 2015

FilmRise has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Amy Berg’s documentary on Janis Joplin.

Janis: Little Girl Blue¬†will open in New York and Los Angeles on November 27 ahead of its broadcast premiere on PBS series ‘American Masters’ next year. The company will also handle digital and home video releases.

The doc, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival before screening at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, recounts the life of the influential rock ‘n’ roll legend.

Berg charts the singer’s career from her early years in Port Arthur, Texas, to her success in the music industry and death from a heroin overdose in 1970 at age 27. It features interviews with Joplin’s friends, family and collaborators, as well as little-seen archival footage and Joplin’s letters to her family, which are read by musician Cat Power¬†throughout the film.

Last month, Dogwoof picked up the UK distribution rights. Janis: Little Girl Blue is also set to screen at the BFI London Film Festival.

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