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What Happened, Miss Simone? ()


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A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations.
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Lisa Simone Kelly ...
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Roger Nupie ...
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Al Schackman ...
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George Wein ...
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Andrew Stroud ...
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Ilyasah Shabazz ...
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Attallah Shabazz ...
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Gerrit De Bruin ...
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Eleanor Belinfanti ...
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Elisabeth Henry-Macari ...
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Directed by

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Liz Garbus

Produced by

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Sidney Beaumont ... executive producer
Adrienne Collatos ... associate producer
Adam Del Deo ... executive producer
Liz Garbus ... producer
Amy Hobby ... producer
Jayson Jackson ... producer
Jon Kamen ... executive producer
Lisa Simone Kelly ... executive producer
Joseph Malloch ... line producer
Lisa Nishimura ... executive producer
Mary Recine ... archival producer
Justin Wilkes ... producer

Cinematography by

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Igor Martinovic

Film Editing by

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Joshua L. Pearson

Editorial Department

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Yohance Brown ... colorist
Sebastian Chang ... Chief Technical Engineer
Sante Ferrante ... machine room operator
Liz F. Mason ... managing director
Tim Moyle ... assistant editor
Charles Christopher Rubino ... title design
Alexander Santoro ... Assistant Engineer
Ross Vincent ... on-line editor

Production Design by

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Markus Kirschner

Costume Design by

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Rebecca Luke

Sound Department

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Tammy Douglas ... production sound mixer
Vincent Gregorio ... dubbing mixer
Joshua L. Pearson ... sound editor
Daniel Timmons ... sound designer
Tony Volante ... re-recording mixer

Visual Effects by

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Ross Vincent ... visual effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Megan Blackburn ... assistant camera
Ronan Killeen ... additional cinematography
James Madrid ... first assistant camera
Jenni Morello ... assistant camera
Rachel Morrison ... additional cinematogrpher

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lisa Harlow-Powell ... set costumer
Jocelyn Pierce ... assistant costume designer
Erica Suzanne Scott ... costume intern

Location Management

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Thomas Whidden ... location scout

Music Department

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Evan Greenspan ... music clearance

Other crew

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Len Carter ... transcription supervisor
Stephen Cleary ... consultant
Rob Clifford ... production assistant
Jackson Hyland-Lipski ... Archival Assistant
Hilary McHone ... archival assistant
Nick Pray ... production assistant
Brette Ragland ... intern
Nikki Robbins ... production coordinator
Dalin Rowell ... lead transcriber
Kiara Walker ... clearance legal assistant

Thanks

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Alexandra Marie Clarke ... thanks
Nicole David ... thanks
André Des Rochers ... thanks
Tom Fine ... the producers wish to thank
Alex Gibney ... thanks
Gary Harris ... the film makers wish to thank
Mike Hickcox ... thanks
Ryan Kennedy ... thanks
Matthew Monaco ... thanks
Susanne Rostock ... thanks (as Suzanne Rostock)
Pam Wortheimer ... thanks (as Pam Wertheimer)

Production Companies

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Distributors

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  • Netflix (2015) (United States) (DVD)
  • Netflix (2016) (Singapore) (video)
  • Netflix (2015) (United States) (video) (VOD)
  • Netflix (2015) (United States) (video) (internet)
  • Netflix (2015) (United States) (video) (VOD)
  • Netflix (2016) (United States) (video) (VOD)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing. The story of her life leading up to that event poses the question, 'how does royalty stomp around in the mud and still walk with grace?'

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Taglines Her Story. Her Voice. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Что случилось, мисс Симон? (Russia)
  • Untitled Nina Simone Film
  • Mi történt, Miss Simone? (Hungary)
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  • 101 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia One of two Netflix Productions nominated for an Academy Award in the Category "Best Documentary" in 2016. The other one being Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Documentary (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Good King Wenceslas See more »
Quotes Nina Simone: We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I think we don't have a choice. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?
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