Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 97 min
Crawley Films Ltd,
This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive film ever made about Janis Joplin, one of the great rock and blues singers from the 1960s. In 1970, Budge Crawley decided to make the film after seeing Joplin during the Festival Express concert tour, which crossed Canada just months before Joplin died of a heroin overdose.
Crawley spent the next four years, and many thousands of dollars, securing the rights to concert performances, rehearsals and interviews — all of the footage available — including sequences from the Woodstock and Monterey Pop festivals.
Janis is a unique rock documentary that is as compelling for its musical sections as it is for its frank interviews with Joplin. The film was completed and released with the approval of Joplin's parents.
Janis won an Etrog as best nonfiction feature at the Canadian Film Awards in 1975 and was a considerable box office success.