Berg, who was Oscar nommed for “Deliver Us from Evil” and also directed BAFTA nommed docu “West of Memphis,” recently confirmed she is working on a film about alleged sex abuse rings operating in Hollywood. She premiered her fiction-feature directorial debut “Every Secret Thing” at Tribeca last month.
Berg said Joplin was “an amazing rock icon who paved the way for generations of women to come.”
The docu follows Joplin performing at Monterey Pop in 1967, Woodstock in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970, and includes interviews with family, friends and rock star contemporaries. It features a soundtrack of Joplin’s hits, including “Cry Baby,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Piece of My Heart.”
Berg will produce for Disarming Films alongside Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) for Jigsaw Prods., and Jeff Jampol from JAM. Billy McMillin is editing. The documentary is executive produced by Noah Haeussner, Susan Lacy, Michael Kantor and Michael Raimondi.
The film is co-produced by Thirteen Prods. in association with Sony Music Entertainment and Union Entertainment Group. It will have its U.S. broadcast premiere on PBS as part of its “American Masters.”
Content’s Jamie Carmichael said: “The incomparable Amy Berg is showing us the woman behind the myth, and the result is fascinating, tragic, amusing and very emotional.”