09 Nov 2015
JANIS SELLS STRONGLY AT AFM
By: Dave McNary
The company, which has been selling rights at the American Film Market this week, sold to Australia/NZ (Transmission); Benelux (VPRO & Periscoop/FU Works); France (Happiness Distribution); Germany/Austria (Arsenal); Italy (I-Wonder); Japan (Medallion Media); Mexico (Star Castle Distribution); Russia (Channel 1); Spain (Avalon); Sweden (SVT); and the U.K. (BBC and Dogwoof).
FilmRise acquired U.S. distribution rights last month. The film’s world premiere took place at the Venice Film Festival.
“Janis: Little Girl Blue” is directed and written by Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil”) and produced by Alex Gibney (“Going Clear”), Berg, Jeffrey Jampol and Katherine LeBlond.
The film includes Chan Marshall reading Joplin’s own letters to her family and lovers, and footage of Joplin performing at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, Woodstock in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970, as well as interviews with her family, friends and rock star contemporaries. Joplin died in 1970 of a drug overdose.
FilmRise will release the film in theaters in New York on Nov. 27 and in Los Angeles and additional cities early December. France, Germany, Poland, the U.K. and Japan have set release dates in the first quarter.