Amy Berg to Direct Janis Joplin Documentary
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.01.2014
Oscar-nominated director taking on Janis: Little Girl Blue...
Amy Berg has set her sights on the tale of Janis Joplin. Content has announced that Berg, the director of Deliver Us From Evil and West of Memphis, will direct and produce Janis: Little Girl Blue. The documentary is currently in production and, per Content, "strips away Janis' rock ‘n' roll persona to reveal the gentle, trusting, innocent, but powerful woman behind the legend, in the quintessential story of the short, turbulent and epic existence that changed music forever."
Berg received an Academy Award nomination for Deliver Us from Evil in 2006, which shone a light on the Catholic Church's attempts to cover up sex abuse incidents among its priests. She was also recently in the news for a documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood due to her working with the man suing Bryan Singer and others for alleged sexual assault.
Berg commented on the Janis doc, saying, "I'm thrilled that I have the opportunity to tell Janis' story. She's an amazing rock icon who paved the way for generations of women to come. We have a great producing team coming together to make this film and I hope we make her proud."
Joplin first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company before she went solo. Her performances were considered to be legendary and she was an influence for many female singers that have followed in her wake from Pink and Florence Welch to Stevie Nicks and others. Her death from a heroin overdose in 1970 at the age of twenty-seven shocked the music world.