Joan Baez I am a Noise

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Joan Baez I am a Noise

Facing the end of a 60-year musical career, legendary singer and activist Joan Baez takes an honest look back and a deep look inward as she tries to make sense of her large history-making life and reveals—for the first time—personal struggles she’s kept private until now. 

Joan Baez I Am A Noise is an unusually intimate psychological portrait of legendary folk singer and activist Joan Baez. Neither a conventional biopic nor a traditional concert film, this immersive documentary shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly-discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings.

Throughout the film, Baez is remarkably revealing about her life on and off stage—from her lifelong emotional struggles to her civil rights work with MLK and a heartbreaking romance with a young Bob Dylan. A searingly honest look at a living legend, this film is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of an iconic artist who has never told the full truth of her life as she experienced it—until now.

"This elaborate documentary navigates adroitly through the professional and the personal aspects of a very full life."
Todd McCarthy, Deadline
"Anyone with an interest in the key artists of the counterculture movement will find much to appreciate here."
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


Q&A with Joan Baez and co-director Karen O'Connor, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Monday, Oct. 9 2023, 7:00
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  • Joan Baez is a musical force of nature whose commitment to social activism has never wavered. Starting with her early 1960s recordings, her performances of traditional ballads exerted a powerful attraction on a generation and songs like House of the Rising Sun and Babe I’m Gonna Leave You found their way into the rock vernacular. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and honored by the Kennedy Center in 2021 among countless other accolades. At the same time, Baez’s role in the human rights and anti-war movements around the world has earned her place in history, alongside friends and allies, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, the Irish Peace People, Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, and others.
  • Karen O’Connor is an award-winning filmmaker. Her films, produced, written, and  directed with Miri Navasky, include The Killer at Thurston High, an investigation of a school shooting that won a Banff Award; The Suicide Plan, an Emmy-nominated film that delves into the hidden world of assisted suicide; the Emmy-nominated The New Asylums, a wrenching portrait of mentally ill prisoners, which won the Robert F.  Kennedy Grand Prize Journalism Award; the Emmy award-winning The Undertaking, a moving exploration of mortality and grief told through the perspective of renowned poet undertaker Thomas Lynch; and the Emmy-nominated Growing Up Trans, a powerful and personal exploration of the struggles and choices facing transgender children, and their parents, which was shortlisted for a Peabody Award and won a DuPont Columbia Award.

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