Little Things Mean a Lot

The truly unique story of "pretty" Kitty Kallen, including her rise from humble origins to most popular U.S. singer, is revealed in flashback amid news of her untimely death.

  • Michael Monteith
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    Drama, Biography
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    United States
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  • Nevada International Film Festival
    Las Vegas, NV
    November 14, 2018
    Grand Prize
  • New Renaissance Film Festival (UK)
    London, England
    July 28, 2019
    Best Feature Screenplay
  • Vegas Movie Awards
    Las Vegas, NV
    October 13, 2019
    Best Feature Screenplay
  • Siren by the Sea
    Ormond Beach, Florida
    February 13, 2021
    Best Feature Screenplay
  • London Film & Television Festival
    London, England
    August 31, 2021
    Best Feature Script
  • Toronto Film Magazine Fest
    Toronto, CA
    March 5, 2022
    Best Feature Screenplay
  • Woodbury Film Festival
    Salt Lake City, UT
    February 5, 2019
    Best Screenplay
  • Moody Crab Film Festival
    Moga, Punjab, India
    September 5, 2019
    Best Screenplay
  • Vienna Film Awards
    Wein, Austria
    July 10, 2020
    Best Screenplay
  • European Cinematography Awards
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    September 10, 2022
    Best Screenplay
  • Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    September 7, 2019
    Best Feature Screenplay (North America)
  • Austin Spotlight Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    November 20, 2019
    Best Narrative Feature
  • SWN Screenplay Competition
    Online Event
    June 5, 2020
    Feature-Length Screenplay Winner
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift
    Toronto, Canada
    August 22, 2021
    Best Unproduced Script in Long Feature Film
  • Cannes International Cinema Festival
    August 30, 2021
    Best Script and Best Unproduced Script
  • Madrid International Film Festival
    Madrid, Spain
    May 22, 2020
    Best Unproduced Screenplay
  • Your Way International Film Festival
    Paris, France
    November 7, 2022
    Best Unproduced Screenplay
  • Palm Springs International Film Awards
    Palm Springs, CA
    January 7, 2023
    Best Unproduced Script
  • Palm Springs Movie Awards
    February 23, 2022
    Best Unproduced Script
  • Liber Films International Festival
    January 22, 2023
    Best Script Unproduced
  • New York Tri-State International Film Festiva;
    New York, NY
    March 8, 2021
    Best Script
  • Sacramento World Film Festival
    Sacramento, CA
    April 30, 2022
    Best Feature Unproduced Script
  • LA Independent Film Channel Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    June 3, 2022
    Best Script
  • Sacramento Underground Film & Arts Featival
    Sacramento, CA
    July 25, 2022
    Feature Film Screenplay Winner
  • International World Film Awards
    New York, NY
    April 1, 2022
    Best Feature Script
  • Brilliant Indie Film Awards
    On Line
    August 28, 2022
    Best Feature Script
  • Only the Best International Film Awards
    Miami, Floride
    August 17, 2022
    Only the Best Screenplay - Drama Feature Film
  • Magic Silver Screen Film Festival
    New York City (Online)
    August 31, 2022
    Best Screenwriting Feature
  • National Independent Film Association Awards
    Appleton, WI
    September 25, 2022
    Best Screenplay
  • Watch Out International Film Festival
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    September 29, 2022
    Best Feature Script
  • Golden Hawk Film Award
    November 10, 2022
    Best Drama Screenplay
  • RED International Screenplay Contest
    August 31, 2019
    Best Screenwriter
  • Culver City Film Festival
    Culver City, CA
    December 2, 2022
    Best Biography Screenplay
  • Twin Falls SANDWICHES Film Festival
    Twin Falls, ID
    November 19, 2019
    Best Biography
  • Red Dragon Creative Awards
    Dallas, Texas
    September 28, 2022
    Best Debut Script Writer
Writer Biography - Michael Monteith

After retiring from a career representing large corporations in disputes involving U.S. and International tax matters, Michael Monteith began writing a script about his mother’s childhood friend, ‘pretty’ Kitty Kallen. That biographical screenplay with a jaw-dropping surprise ending tells the story of a talented singer overcoming numerous obstacles while achieving comeback after comeback. So far, “Little Things Mean a Lot” has garnered the top prize in over thirty screenplay contests.

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Writer Statement

I was already a huge fan of Kitty Kallen before my older siblings informed me that Kitty had actually been a childhood friend of our mother. Since my mother was no longer with us, I decided to write a page or two about her famous friend, just for my family. However, when I eventually got to writing it, I thought it might be fun to try to make it into a screenplay.

At the time, I knew a lot of Kitty’s music but not very much about her personal story. Consequently, the first draft of “Little Things Mean a Lot” was largely a work of fiction. Still, I sent it to Kitty’s son, Jonathan Granoff, who called me the day he received it. A few days later, I was contacted by another of Kitty’s loved ones, Dr. Irwin “Sonny” Shiell.

Soon the problem wasn’t a lack of information about her, it was how to fit into a single feature script so many interesting, dramatic, movie-worthy events from her life. One reviewer criticized an early version for having too much story. I felt that, if there was any problem, it was a lack of focus. There was no single plot line that ran through the entire screenplay. I tried to solve that potential deficiency by making the central focus the mystery of Kitty’s premature death. Similar to Rosebud in the movie “Citizen Kane,” the question of what caused Kitty’s early death became the common thread that holds the script together from the very first scene to the jaw-dropping surprise ending.

“Little Things Mean a Lot” has since won top prize in over thirty screenplay contests.