Oscar winner, Whoopi Goldberg is set to debut her passion project, three years in the making, the documentary about storied comedian Moms Mabley at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
It has been announced that the film will make it’s world premiere during the festival, which runs from April 17-28. Goldberg had been working on a documentary feature on the life of pioneering comedian Mabley, titled I Got Somethin’ To Tell You.
The documentary will examine how having broken racial and sexual boundaries as a pioneering comic talent, the late Moms Mabley has long been an icon in the comedy world. Now Goldberg takes a deep dive into Mabley’s legacy via recently unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of numerous celebrated comedians. A true passion project for Goldberg, I Got Somethin’ to Tell You shows Mabley’s historical significance and profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time.
Goldberg solicited funds from Kickstarter to raise $65,000 and ultimately exceeded her goal raising $73,000, extra cash that will allow her to licence film clips of Mabley in action for use in her documentary.
Check out Mabley in her starring role in the trailer for 1974’s Amazing Grace, below: