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Janis Joplin documentary gets November release date

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FilmRise announced that it has acquired the rights to Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue, to be released in select theaters on Nov. 27.

Written and directed by Berg, the Oscar-nominated documentarian known for Deliver Us From Evil and West of Memphis, Janis: Little Girl Blue examines the iconic rock ‘n’ roll singer with exclusive interviews with friends and family and never-before-seen letters, photos, audio, and video footage of Joplin. The documentary also includes a number of letters Joplin wrote to her parents, read by singer Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.

“Janis Joplin, the artist and the woman, was a major figure in the counterculture movement,” Berg said in a release. “She also played an important role for women as a ground breaker and the first woman of rock and roll. I am so pleased that FilmRise will be giving this film a platform so that more people can be introduced to this wonderfully talented and complex icon.”

After premiering in New York City theaters in November (and expanding in December), Janis: Little Girl Blue will make its U.S. TV broadcast premiere on PBS’s American Masters in 2016.