The Little Girl with the Big Voice examines the struggles of women and children in the early 1930's and 40's through the eyes of Mary Small, a child prodigy, restless wife and dedicated mother whose resilience in the face of constant challenges made her a defining symbol of her generation.
Giving A Great Performer Her Due
From age 6, Mary was supporting her family with her talents at the expense of her childhood. She was the child that millions of Americans crowded around the radio to hear, and even more watched her transition to television and the stage. She used her best years to support war efforts and entertain a troubled nation through the depths of the Great Depression and WW2. With her husband Vic Mizzy, they helped pen much of the soundtrack to the American way of life in the first half of the century.
Yet, while Mary Small was undoubtedly one of the most famous names of the Golden Age of Radio, and despite her accomplishments, she never even received an official obituary and was buried in an undisclosed grave, as a ward of the court.
Raf and Abby hope this documentary will help secure Mary Small's legacy, and inspire its viewers to dream big, no matter how little they are.
Advancing Fair Use & The Public Domain for Other Filmmakers
Most of the rare footage and historical materials Abby and Rafael exhibit in this film is made possible by the Fair-use Doctrine, an under-utilized tool that allows filmmakers to afford to tell some of the richest stories of American history.
Abby and Rafael want to show other artists how powerful this legal doctrine can be, in an effort to promote documentary production while respecting artists' rights to their work. To this end, they are offering a copy of the actual clip log approved by Stanford Law's Documentary Film Program as a reward!
"When I was 30 years old, I learned about my adoption. Mary Small was the only blood relative I was able to meet. She was in a hospital on her deathbed. I flew across the country to see her. She was alone, penniless, and essentially forgotten. At this time, I was completely unaware of my grandmother's life. I found out more and more about her, I felt compelled to share her story with the world." - Rafael Moscatel
Raf and Abby partially funded this project with their own money because they believe the story deserves to be shared with the world, but they can't go any farther without support from the Kickstarter community.
Your contribution will wrap post-production and help get the film submitted to film festivals, with the top goal of securing worldwide distribution opportunities.
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Risks and challenges
The challenge is finishing post-production, getting this project into the right film festivals, marketing it effectively, and finding the right distributors. This content is the right fit for networks like A&E, Biography and PBS, yet there are also opportunities for VOD/Netflix/iTunes/Amazon.
While this subject is historic and somewhat obscure, histories and biographies are usually of the biggest selling works across all mediums.
All backers will be kept up to date with arising challenges, and Abby and Rafael will be straight-forward and transparent about their brilliant plans to tackle them!
DVDs and digital downloads will be available when ready for distribution and release in respective territory. All kickstarter backers will receive their rewards first and will not be let down!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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