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JOAN JETT ‘BAD REPUTATION’ DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE AT 2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

The lineup for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival has been revealed and it includes a documentary about iconic rocker Joan Jett titled Bad Reputation after one of her more famous songs.

Bad Reputation was directed by acclaimed video director Kevin Kerslake and will receive its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. According to the film synopsis, the documentary is “a look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.”

Details on the screening dates have yet to be revealed, but the 2018 Sundance Film Festival will return to its familiar home in Park City, Utah the week-plus of Jan. 18-28. In all, more than 110 independent films from 29 countries will screen during the run. There were over 13,000 submissions for this year’s festival, with the Bad Reputation being one of the ones that made the final cut.

In addition to her career with the Runaways and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett has also graced the big screen on occasion, most notable co-starring opposite Michael J. Fox in the 1987 film Light of Day. More recently, Jett made a cameo in the Billie Joe Armstrong-starring film Ordinary World. She’s also had her work featured in countless soundtracks over the years.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continue to tour, with a handful of December dates, including two stops in Minnesota and North Dakota this weekend. See her scheduled tour stops here.

THE RUNAWAYS

Watch Joan Jetts “The Runaways” movie for free here

Storyline: In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at 15 the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, “The Runaways.” Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she’s soon strung out on pills and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? Watch it free now!

 

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