GMF2020: Film | What Happened, Miss Simone?

Netflix Teleparty Link:

Zoom After-party Link:

Documentary about the life of the renowned and multi-faceted singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist, Nina Simone (1933-2003), a Juilliard-trained pianist with aspirations for a career as a concert pianist.

Pre-screening Conversation: Lee Koonce, President and Artistic Director, Gateways Music Festival; Thomas Warfield, senior lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology and William Warfield Scholarship Fund Board of Directors

Zoom After Talk: To chat about the film after watching, please join the After Call using link below:

This film will be viewed as a Netflix Teleparty. While the event is free, you must register to receive the Teleparty link. You must also have 1) a Netflix account, 2) Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser and 3) the free Teleparty app. Detailed instructions below.


We have learned through our testing that connecting to Teleparty is a bit trickier than initially thought. If you are unable to join the Teleparty due to technical difficulties, we hope that you will watch the film independently and join us for the Zoom after-call.

Important Note: You must have 1) a Netflix account, 2) Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser and 3) the free Teleparty app.


Download the Teleparty extension

1. Go to in your Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser.

2. Click Install Teleparty. You’ll be redirected to the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web store page to download the extension.

3. Click Add to Chrome or Add to Microsoft Edge. A pop-up box will open.

4. Select Add Extension. You’ll now see a red TP icon in your browser toolbar. (The red TP appears in the address bar, in the upper right corner.)

If you don’t see the TP icon, click on the extensions button to the right of the address bar to pin it to your toolbar. The extensions button looks like this:


Start watching

We will send the Teleparty link to everyone who registered at OurConcertsLive (link below) via email at the start of the pre-concert conversation at 7:00 p.m. You will need this link to view the film in sync with everyone else. If you were unable to register, we will post the link at the top of this page, as well.

Click on this link to register on OurConcertsLive:

1. Click on the Teleparty link to go directly to What Happened, Miss Simone?

2. After using the link to arrive at the Netflix site for the movie, click on the red TP extension icon to the right of your browser’s address bar. Clicking on this link will connect you to the party.

After you are connected to Teleparty, the page will also provide a chat bar on the right side so that all viewers in the party are able to communicate with each other.

Problem Solving

We have learned that, occasionally, a viewer will be unable to connect to Teleparty and continually be asked to log in. To remedy this, you must clear your cookies – but it must be emptied from the link that Netflix provides. It goes by quickly, so you’ll have to pay close attention. Here is a screenshot to help you locate this link to clear your cookies.


Gateways Music Festival is grateful to the following foundations, corporations and governmental agencies for their support and contributions made between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2020.