So in the words of Mickey Katz, "Who's whoo and wat's wat?"
Filmmaker, Eric Krasner first heard Mickey’s music as a child in the 60s.
His father was an ex disc jockey and had a quite extensive record collection.
While digging through endless boxes of records, Mickey’s cover-art and song titles instantly caught his eye. A few years of Hebrew School did nothing to help him understand Mickey’s Yiddish, but he loved what he heard and laughed his “tuchas” off at Mickey’s delivery.
Eric's earlier shorts have screened at Raindance, LA Comedy Shorts, LA Comedy Fest, LA Jewish Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Boston Underground (BUFF), St. Louis International Film Festival and many more.
His short, "Yiddish Hillbillies" is in the Museum of Jewish Art and History, Paris.
Although this is his first documentary, Eric has put together a small, experienced, award-winning team of film and television professionals based in NYC and DC to help bring this project to life.
How will we use your contribution and what's in it for me?
There are fans, musicians, scholars and family members all over the country who want to share their thoughts and fond memories of Mickey, and I need to put a camera and microphone in front of each one of them.
So far we need to film in Cleveland, New York, LA, Palm Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville, Montreal and Charlottesville. Other trips might become necessary as our research continues.
The funds raised here, may or may not cover everything, but it will at least get the interviews and concert footage "in the can".
There are several donation levels to choose from, and each level comes with some fun and unique gifts. See the list of perks to the right.
UPDATE: Rare footage of Mickey in 1955 and 1979 previously unseen by fans has been located. We need major funds for to obtain rights and for film transfers.
Other Ways You Can Help
Pop open that rolodex! Please email, facebook, twitter, and/or text anyone you think would be interested in helping, either through a donation or further promotion.
Once the movie's done, then what?
Once finished the Mickey Katz Project will be submitted to festivals specializing in documentaries and Jewish Films.
Screening times and locations will be announced as details become available.
DVDs will be pressed for donors at the Schmoozer level and above.