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What Happened, Miss Simone? – Netflix Trailer

Published by Daniel Bennifer on May 17, 2015 4:15 pm
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Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. In this epic documentary, director Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’s most memorable songs, to create an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved, artists of our time.

The film uses never-before-heard audio tapes, recorded over the course of three decades, of Nina telling her life story to various interviewers and would-be biographers. From over 100 hours of these recordings, What Happened, Miss Simone? weaves together Nina’s narrative, told largely in her own words. Rare concert footage and archival interviews, along with diaries, letters, interviews with Nina’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, friends and collaborators, along with other exclusive materials, make this the most authentic, personal, and unflinching telling of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th Century’s greatest recording artists.

“Throughout her life, Nina used her powerful voice to entertain, effect change and inspire anyone who’s ever listened to one of her songs,” said Justin Wilkes, President of Media + Entertainment at RadicalMedia and a producer of the film. “It’s only fitting that Nina will once again use her voice to enchant a new generation of fans by taking center stage in the telling of her own story.”

Academy Award®–nominated director Liz Garbus is a leading US documentary filmmaker and cofounder of Moxie Firecracker Films, under which she has produced over 15 films. Recent works include Love, Marilyn; the Emmy®–nominated Bobby Fischer Against the World; There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane and Girlhood. Her first film, The Farm: Angola, USA, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Oscar®, and won two Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Netflix original documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? is produced by Netflix and RadicalMedia in association with Moxie Firecracker. The film is directed by Liz Garbus and produced by Amy Hobby (Secretary, Love, Marilyn), Justin Wilkes (Made in America, Under African Skies), Jayson Jackson (Bridge & Tunnel on Broadway) and Garbus. Emmy–award nominated cinematographer Igor Martinovic (House of Cards, Man on Wire) shot the film and Joshua L. Pearson (Made in America, Under African Skies) edited. Sidney Beaumont (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), Jon Kamen (The Fog of War), Lisa Nishimura (The Square, Virunga), Adam Del Deo (The Square, Every Little Step) and Lisa Simone Kelly serve as executive producers on the film. The film was produced in cooperation with the Estate of Nina Simone.

The film will premiere exclusively in all territories where Netflix is available in 2015.

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