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February 11, 2018

Film For Thought: What Happened, Miss Simone?

This popular winter program will feature unique and specially curated selections inspired by themes explored in Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths. Held indoors, this 3-installment series of documentary films offers a thought-provoking look at the issues of race and bias in the United States, and the use of art as a tool for social awareness and change. Film screenings meet within the exhibition for a period of quiet reflection on the work and its themes. Following the screening, share your thoughts during an informal discussion led by experienced guest moderators.

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 and haunting 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 film chronicles Simone’s determination to use her musical talents, heart, soul, and voice to speak out against racial inequality and discrimination.

Snow Date: February 18

Lorna A. Johnson, MFA
Associate Professor

School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey

Prof. Lorna Johnson-Frizell is an independent filmmaker whose films have been screened extensively at film festivals nationally and internationally. She has won awards from the Mill Valley Film Festival, the National Black Programming Consortium and has been invited to present her work at Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, George Washington University and the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival. Most recently she was the recipient of the 2012 Leeway Transformation Award granted to an artist whose work demonstrates a commitment to social change. Prof. Johnson’s work ranges from experimental cinema, documentary films and independent narratives. She has taught The Art of Editing, African American Film, Documentary Production, and Directing for the Camera.


This winter's Film for Thought programs are designed to provide varied and engaging points of entry into the work of artist Joyce J. Scott and are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council on the Humanities. Additional funding provided by the Shirley and Arthur Martin Family Fund.

February 11, 2018
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Free with park admission. Reservations required.

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