We started shooting THE LITTLE DRESS in late August 2014 after seeing a small article on a 99-year-old woman in the Huffington Post. It was a story about Lillian Weber, a remarkable woman in Iowa who sewed a new dress practically every day of her life for the Christian nonprofit, Little Dresses for Africa, which distributes dresses to vulnerable children in orphanages, churches and villages in Africa and to many developing nations around the world.
Lillian’s amazing volunteer commitment to sew 1,000 dresses before she turned 100 years old captured my imagination. I quickly realized there was more to this than what was featured in some brief news items on the broadcast networks. The challenge for me as an independent filmmaker was how to show the true impact of Little Dresses for Africa and its dedicated volunteers. To that end, be on the lookout for our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that will enable us raise the funds so that we can accompany Rachel O’Neill, the charismatic founder of Little Dresses for Africa, and a group of volunteers on their journey to Malawi in April 2016.
We plan to film their outreach work on the ground -- and to follow the little girl who receives one of Lillian’s lovingly made dresses. We’re excited at the opportunity to tell the story of this little girl’s life.