Photo submitted – Emeli Sande performs onstage during one of her concerts.
Stephanie Sheppard is a Little Falls resident, and 52 years ago, she and her brother wrote eight songs for the legendary Nina Simone to perform. Unfortunately, Simone died before any of them were recorded. Longtail Films, out of England, made a documentary about the lost music and found just the perfect performer to bring them to light.
In the film, superstar Emeli Sande sets out on an emotional journey to bring to life that set of songs written for Nina Simone but never performed. Forgotten for all these years, these songs are beautiful and shine a light on Nina Simone’s world. They are messages from the past.
The film has never been shown in the United States, so we’re going to make this a party. Join us as we watch the film, hear from the film’s creators in England with a pre-recorded interview by Dave Warner, and then get Stephanie’s perspective as she fills in the details about being at the center of such an important historical work.
After that, we’ll have wine, cheese, and live music with Oscar Stivala and his Jazz Trio. Please plan on spending the evening with us!
Oscar has created an 18×24 oil on canvas painting of Nina Simone to be auctioned off at the event. Tickets are $20.00 for one and $30.00 for two. You can purchase tickets online (below) if you cannot make the event. The drawing will be held at the end of the event. You need not be present to win.
The film’s run time is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes. The prerecorded interview with Producer & Director Jonathan Jones & Executive Producer Duncan Staff is 16 minutes, and the Q&A with Stephanie will be about 10 minutes. Donation Encouraged.
About Longtail Films: The Emmy, RTS, Grierson, BAFTA winners and nominees have joined forces at Longtail and have a consistent track record of delivering returnable series and breakthrough singles for Netflix, National Geographic, Reelz, Discovery, The BBC, Channel 4, and ITV. They only work with the very best photographic talent and storytellers. Their team includes a Sunday Times best-selling author. They are Journalists by training and filmmakers by craft and seek out stories that truly affect how we live.