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Netflix is producing a Nina Simone documentary

Netflix steps up its doc game again.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Dec 5, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 1:21 am CDT

Netflix is stepping up its documentary game once again. But this time, it’s not with an acquisition. It’s partnering with filmmaker Liz Garbus (Love, Marilyn) to produce the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?

The film, produced in part with RadicalMedia, will tell the story of the singer, pianist, and Civil Rights activist using more than 100 hours of rare audio interviews, archival concert footage, letters, and interviews with her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly.

An official documentary on Simone, who passed away in 2003, has been sorely lacking from existence. The Amazing Nina Simone, a doc not associated with her estate, is set to be released next year, and a Zoe Saldana biopic did not go over well with the Internet. 

Last year, The Square, one of Netflix’s documentary acquisitions, was nominated for an Oscar. Another recent acquisition, Virunga, was just shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

The doc will come out in 2015. 

H/T Indiewire | Photo via Compose4U/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Dec 5, 2014, 9:27 pm CST