Neflix has teamed up with RadicalMedia, a global production company to work on a documentary about the legendary singer and activist, Nina Simone.
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is slated to open in 2015 and filmmaker Liz Garbus, best known for her “The Farm: Angola, USA”, and “Bobby Fischer Against the World” is thrilled at the prospect of working with Netflix to bring Simone’s story to fans of the ‘High Priestess of Soul” – who died in 2003 at the age of 70.
The film will explore Simone’s career trajectory as well as delve into the aspects of her life that have remained pretty guarded. The goal is to produce something personal and intimate. The filmmakers were given access to archival footage as well as a catalog of unreleased audio recordings, diary entries, and letters.
Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly also provided assistance for the projects as well as friends and former colleagues. Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentary programming is confident that the finished product will live up to all the expectations, The film “paints a brave and provocative picture of Nina Simone – artist, civil-rights activist and heroine – in a film that we’ve loved from day one and are proud to bring to our viewers around the world”.