WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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misssimoneposter I’m ashamed to admit that I knew almost nothing about the legendary Nina Simone beyond the barest outlines of the legend: amazing singer, right? This powerful and intimate documentary has begun to rectify my ignorance. Using recently discovered audio recordings of interviews that Simone gave over many years — as well as new interviews with her family and friends, including her daughter, actress and singer Lisa Simone Kelly — veteran documentarian Liz Garbus crafts as deeply personal and as fresh a portrait as is possible when its subject has been dead for more than a decade (Simone died in 2003, aged 70). Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).