Amy J. Berg director of 'Janis: Little Girl Blue' at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.
AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis
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Back when rock'n'roll was still a new adventure, Janis Joplin proved it wasn't just for the boys. The big-voiced, bluesy singer dominated the stage, forged her own path and paved the way for female singers to come. Berg's film includes onscreen interviews with Joplin's ex-bandmates and other 1960s musicians – almost all of them male. She says several female performers of the era turned her down, including former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick.Fortunately, there is a female voice at the heart of "Janis".By chance, "Janis" – part of a healthy crop of documentaries at this year's Venice festival – is emerging in the wake of Asif Kapadia's acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary "Amy".
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