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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Film Screenings

Mar 13, 2023
2:30pm4:15pm
Mar 17, 2023
3:30pm5:15pm

Credits

Director:

Ally Pankiw

Executive Producer:

Li-Wei Chu, Ally Pankiw, Judy Holm, Paul Barkin, Mark Gingras, John Laing, Jordan Nahmias

Producer:

James Weyman, Jason Aita, Breann Smordin

Screenwriter:

Ally Pankiw

Cinematographer:

Nina Djacic

Editor:

Curt Lobb

Production Designer:

Ciara Vernon

Sound Designer:

Ken Cade, Steve Moore

Music:

Ames Bessada

Principal Cast:

Rachel Sennott, Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon, Ennis Esmer, Dani Kind

Additional Credits:

Costume Designer: Courtney Mitchell, Hair and Make Up Designer: Andi Clifford, Casting Director: Jonathan Oliveira

Contact

Distributor:

LevelFilm (for Canada only)
jb@levelfilm.com

Public Film Contact:

James Weyman
Barn 12 Inc.
james@barn12.com

Publicity Contact:

Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis
funny@ssmandl.com
4802069185

Sales Agent:

Dan Rak (WME Independent) rak@wmeagency.com

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
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Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
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Film & TV Festival Wristband
Year:

2023

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Screening Section:

Narrative Feature Competition

Screening Category:

Narrative Feature

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Runtime:

105 mins

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