Karen Dalton: In My Own Time


Directed by Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete
Executive Produced by Wim Wenders
Featuring interviews with Nick Cave, Danny Goldberg, Michael Lang, Vanessa Carlton, Peter Walker, Peter Stampfel, Lacy J Dalton, and Abralyn Baird

Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York.

Idolized by Bob Dylan and Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death.

Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karen’s dulcet melodies, interviews with loved ones and newly unearthed archival materials to construct a portrait of a singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.

Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete, Co-Directors:

“Karen Dalton is a passion project, driven by our love for Karen’s music. Working closely with Karen’s family and estate, we’ve approached this production with one goal in mind: to introduce Karen’s music to a wider audience. Over the past decade, a reappraisal of Karen’s work has driven an increase in her popularity amongst listeners from across the spectrum. This new generation of listeners are eager to find something authentic. Bob Dylan’s admiration of her has even more resonance today as more musicians find inspiration in her music, covering her songs and making tribute albums.

While her audience has widened, the fragments of her life have been vanishing just as quickly. In 2018 a fire tragically destroyed all that remained in Karen’s personal archive, including her journals, poetry and handwritten collection of songs. Beyond the powerful story we are telling, this film seeks to document these vanishing fragments.”



Directed by: Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete
Produced by: Traci Carlson and Richard Peete
Executive Producer: Wim Wenders
Composer: Julia Holter
Edited by: Lance Edmands, Thomas Niles. Robert Yapkowitz, Ed Yonaitis

Karen Dalton’s poems and journals ready by singer/songwriter Angel Olsen