AFM: Janis Joplin Doc 'Little Girl Blue' Sells to Global Stage

Janis Still - H 2015
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"It may be an Oscar contender, a little late to the game."

Fresh from landing a spot on the longlist for the best documentary Oscar, Janis: Little Girl Blue has booked major international distributor stops on a world tour that already includes the U.S. (FilmRise) and the U.K. (BBC and Dogwoof).

Content Media announced Nov. 6 at AFM that the Amy Berg-directed and Alex Gibney-produced title has found homes in Germany/Austria (Arsenal), Spain (Avalon), France (Happiness), Italy (I-Wonder), Australia/New Zealand (Transmission), Colombia (Cine Colombia), Japan (Medallion Media), Mexico (Star Castle) and Russia (Channel 1). Elsewhere, deals were struck for Scandinavia, Iceland, the former Yugoslavia, Benelex and Poland.

“With Janis, this was kind of the combination of all the things that we love,” Content film president Jamie Carmichael told THR. “Alex produced it and brought it to us, Amy Berg is a wonderful director, it’s an amazing subject matter, there’s a load of never before seen footage, [they had] full cooperation with the estate, both in terms of photographs and interviews and access to her life, and had great work with her management. It may be an Oscar contender, a little late to the game.”

FilmRise is planning to release Janis in New York and L.A. on Nov. 27, with additional cities in December. The film, which was executive produced by Susan Lacy, Michael Kantor, Noah Haeussner and Stacey Offman, will air on PBS’ American Masters series next year.

Janis joins a growing setlist of music docs jostling for attention. Days before AFM, the team behind this year’s hit Amy, which has earned some $25 million internationally since bowing in Cannes, announced a new documentary looking at Britpop legends Oasis that’s being shopped internationally by U.K.-based Independent.