No major Hollywood studio would go anywhere near Judee Sill's life story, mainly because the tragic folk singer's music didn't catch on until years after her death in November 1979. She's not a bankable name, yet, in the hands of an independent filmmaker and underrated character actress like Judy Greer, Sill's unpleasant experiences could make for riveting cinema.
In 1971, Sill's self-titled debut album was released on Asylum Records, an upstart label founded by a then-unknown mogul-in-the-making named David Geffen. The album's release marked a positive upswing for Sill, who spent her pre-music years committing armed robberies, using heroin, and engaging in prostitution. A Rolling Stone magazine cover, tours with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and brief work as a cartoonist helped curb the aforementioned heroin addiction, which was exasperated by a car accident and subsequent back pains.
Before she could ever truly appreciate the respect her music would eventually command, Sill died at the age of 35 from a cocaine and codeine overdose.