Joan Baez I Am a Noise

Documentary, Music, Biography Rated: NR 109 min

This raw and intimate portrait of the legendary folk singer and activist first screened at FilmColumbia23. Co-directed by local filmmakers Miri Navasky, Karen O’Connor, and Maeve O’Boyle, the documentary shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, from newly discovered home movies, diaries, and artwork, to therapy tapes and audio recordings. Absorbing purely as a chronicle of her remarkable career, Joan Baez I Am a Noise is also a moving depiction of one woman’s personal journey from pain to peace and forgiveness.

“Directors Miri Navasky, Karen O’Connor and Maeve O’Boyle finally do an impressive and affecting job of hitting all those marks, in a film whose chief sin may just be that it doesn’t run about a half-hour longer.” — Chris Willman, Variety
“The documentary has a gold mine of material: drawings and journal entries, concert footage, family videos and vintage photographs.” — Chris Azzopardi, The New York Times
directed by
Miri Navasky, Karen O'Connor, Maeve O'Boyle
Joan Baez (self), Bob Dylan (self), Bill Clinton (self), Hilary Clinton (self), Martin Luther King (archival)
United States
production company
Mead Street Films