Greenwich Entertainment announced that a documentary on the life of the late folk artist and unseen icon Karen Dalton is on the horizon. “Karen Dalton: In My Own Time” is due to release in theaters on Oct. 1 and on streaming platforms on Nov. 16.
The film, directed by Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete, follows the complex life of an artist who had a unique approach to music, a cult following and who helped define New York City’s folk scene during its inception. She stunned the likes of Bob Dylan, who once said, “My favorite singer in the place was Karen Dalton…Karen had a voice like Billie Holiday and played the guitar like Jimmy Reed, and went all the way with it.” The documentary follows her life through her untimely death of AIDS in 1993.
Following a fire in 2018, which destroyed all the remains of Karen Dalton’s personal archive, Yapkowitz and Peete worked closely with Dalton’s family and estate to save the vanishing fragments of her life, to put together a film that properly portrays her life.
“Artists like Karen Dalton are often portrayed as tragic figures, failures and neglectful mothers. This is an idea we really wanted to dispel,” Yapkowitz and Peete said in a press release. “It took a lot of courage for her to live life on her own terms at that time.”
“Karen Dalton: In My Own Time” features never before seen footage, her handwritten poetry and journals which are read by Angel Olsen, new music composed by Julia Holter, and interviews with Dalton’s daughter, loved ones, and fans like Nick Cave, Vanessa Carlton and more.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dalton’s 1971 record In My Own Time, from which the film gets its name, Light in the Attic will release a special edition of the record. The extended special edition will feature unreleased songs, remastered audio, and liner notes from Cave, Devendra Banhart and Lenny Kaye.
Watch the Trailer for “Karen Dalton: In My Own Time” below: