Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Whoopi Goldberg is seeking funding in hopes of making a documentary about comedian Moms Mabley.
Moms Mabley (Loretta Mary Aiken) was a comedy pioneer who influenced Goldberg. “Moms Mabley was a pioneer in the comedy world and this documentary will showcase her talent and pay homage to a woman who is still relevant today,” said Goldberg. “Without Moms there certainly would not have been a Whoopi.”
The documentary will “showcase [Mabley’s] talent and pay homage to a woman who is still relevant today,” said Goldberg. “This documentary will delve into the comedy of Mabley, as well as help define her significance through clips, old photographs, television show appearances and interviews, conducted by me with famous and influential people who either knew and worked with Moms or were inspired by her.
“With her boundary pushing stand-up she was able to get past the obstacles of all the ‘isms’; racism, sexism, ageism. Moms helped shape the idea that comedy could make a political and social statement and still be hilarious. She’s one of my role models and her comedy is still poignant today.”
Goldberg is seeking financial help in order to create the documentary. “I have already interviewed some very famous folks about Moms and now I need to find the balance of the money to finish the project. Every dollar is important on our way to our $65,000 goal and obviously producing a movie is expensive. We need funding for a number of things such as clip clearance, vintage photos, editing, graphic design, material rights and music.
“Because I want this to be collaborative, I asking that you take a look at our rewards. Maybe you’ll find something you like or maybe you’ll just want to come on board and get involved in something that I think is important. Thank you.”
The rewards for donating include items ranging from a signed photo of Goldberg to dinner with Goldberg in New York City for the donor and a guest. For more details, head to the link located here.
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