The Little Girl with the Big Voice by Rafael Moscatel 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. Although she was undoubtedly one of the most recognizable stars of the Golden Age, she disappeared an unknown, became a ward of the court and her possessions were discarded in the city dump. She never received so much as an obituary. This film by her long lost grandson attempts to finally right that wrong. Winner of Best Short Documentary at the Burbank International Film Festival (2015), Official Selection Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival (2015) and Official Selection of the New York Independent Film Festival (2015).
I had the opportunity to sit down with Larry Gassman and Walden Hughes, two SPERDVAC boardmembers, a couple weeks ago to discuss my documentary, The Little Girl With The Big Voice. on their YesterdayUsa.com program, Same Time Same Station.
Larry and Walden were instrumental in pointing me in the right direction when I started doing my research on Mary Small and her contribution to radio and I owe them a great debt of gratitude.
The Little Girl With The Big Voice- photo stills – 2014