Titled 'Janis', the feature-length doc will premiere in September
Titled Janis, the feature-length documentary from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. Joplin’s estate has endorsed the film, which will feature some of the late singer’s best known-songs including ‘Cry Baby’ and ‘Piece Of My Heart’.
As part of her narration, Cat Power – real name Chan Marshall – will read letters Joplin wrote to her friends and lovers. “After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen,” Berg said in a press release. “This has been a labour of love, and I cannot wait to share Janis’ unique, intimate story with the world. Chan Marshall has delivered a beautiful, introspective voice of Janis’ by reading her letters.”
The documentary will also feature interviews with Joplin’s family and friends and various concert footage shot between 1967 and 1970. Joplin died on October 4, 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose possibly compounded by alcohol.
In recent years several biopics of Joplin have been mooted, with actresses including Renee Zellweger, Amy Adams, Zooey Deschanel and Pink all tipped to play the iconic singer. However, none of these films has made it into production yet.