Janis Joplin Doc Coming To Theaters, PBS (Update)

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Update (11/23): Janis: Little Girl Blue will have a limited theatrical release beginning this Friday, November 27th, before it has its premiere on PBS’ American Masters series. No specific cities have been announced yet but we recommend you check with Rotten Tomatoes for theaters and showtimes. See the trailer below.

The long-speculated Janis Joplin biopic remains as yet unmade (making some of us Joplin fans happy). But the 1960s classic rock legend is the subject of a new documentary that’s screened at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals to good notices – Janis: Little Girl Blue. It will be shown on the PBS series American Masters, though no air date has been announced yet. It was directed by documentarian Amy Berg (whose previous films include West of Memphis and Deliver Us From Evil) and produced by Alex Gibney (whose Scientology doc Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief made headlines recently). Chan Marshall aka Cat Power reads Joplin’s letters to family, friends and lovers in the movie. Variety praises “the wealth of content Berg has amassed” and notes how “[a]mple concert sequences provide shiver-inducing evidence of Joplin’s unique gifts as an interpretive vocalist.”

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