I Wanna See “Hey Boo”: The ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Documentary


Most, if not all, of us read Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird in school. Many of us loved this book about the love of family, principles, racism and the South so deeply we have re-read it again and again. For true To Kill A Mockingbird acolytes, the Harper Lee lore is just as fascinating as the book. The Pulitizer Prize-winner only wrote that one novel and has lived nearly all of her life in seclusion, instead of chasing fame. A new documentary, “Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Mary McDonagh Murphy explores Harper Lee’s life and tries to answer why she never published again. Harper Lee hasn’t given an interview since 1964, but the filmmaker spoke with her friends and sister, as well as accessed photos and documents that have never been seen before. Literary bigwhigs like Anna Quindlen, James McBride and yes, the big O, all participated in the doc, as well. “Hey Boo” opens in New York City and Los Angeles tonight — and I, for one, am dying to see it. [First Run Features]

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