Netflix to Produce Nina Simone Documentary with Liz Garbus, RadicalMedia
Netflix has teamed with RadicalMedia and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus to produce “What Happened, Miss Simone?” a documentary film about the legendary musician.
Directed by Garbus, the film will chronicle the life of Simone, who started out as a child piano prodigy before becoming the iconic musician and social activist that she is celebrated as today. Garbus will incorporate never-before-heard audio tapes, recorded across three decades, of Simone talking about her life to various interviewers and would-be biographers. She will also include rare concert footage and other archival interviews, as well as diaries and letters penned by Simone, to essentially tell the artist’s life in her own words.
A renowned documentary filmmaker, Garbus has been recognized by both the Emmys and Academy Awards. Her first film, “The Farm: Angola, USA,” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar, while also winning two Emmy Awards.
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is produced by Netflix and RadicalMedia in association with Garbus’ Moxie Firecracker. Other producers include Amy Hobby, Justin Wilkes, Jayson Jackson, and Garbus, while Sidney Beaumont, Jon Kamen, Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo, and Lisa Simone Kelly executive produce.
The film was made in cooperation with the Estate of Nina Simone. It will debut across all Netflix territories sometime in 2015.Tags: Documentary Film, Liz Garbus, Moxie Firecracker, music, Netflix, netflix originals, RadicalMedia