Narrative Feature Competition presented by Panavision
I Used To Be Funny
"I Used To Be Funny" is a dark dramedy that follows Sam Cowell (Rachel Sennott), an aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD, as she decides whether or not to join the search for Brooke (Olga Petsa), a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. The story exists between the present, where Sam tries to recover from her trauma and get back on stage, and the past, where memories of Brooke make it harder and harder to ignore the petulant teen’s sudden disappearance. Writer/director Ally Pankiw’s debut feature is both funny and heartbreaking in its honest and refreshing look at trauma and recovery, and how they affect the relationships and communities that shape us.
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Li-Wei Chu, Ally Pankiw, Judy Holm, Paul Barkin, Mark Gingras, John Laing, Jordan Nahmias
James Weyman, Jason Aita, Breann Smordin
Ken Cade, Steve Moore
Rachel Sennott, Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon, Ennis Esmer, Dani Kind
Costume Designer: Courtney Mitchell, Hair and Make Up Designer: Andi Clifford, Casting Director: Jonathan Oliveira