Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Call Me Lucky

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 107 minutes

Call Me Lucky

Before Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, comedian Barry Crimmins was the political truth-teller of his day. A man of many contradictions – described by his friends as a combination of “anger and sentimentality,” a mix of “Noam Chomsky and Bluto” – Crimmins aimed his acerbic stand-up acts in the 1980s and 1990s at two primary targets: the United States government and the Roman Catholic Church. Still, Crimmins’ public outrage toward these political and social institutions came from deep-rooted personal turmoil and pain. Comedian-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait recounts the influential career, troubled upbringing, and contemporary pursuits of Crimmins, his longtime friend. CALL ME LUCKY features archival footage of Crimmins’ performances, as well as interviews with Lenny Clarke, Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, numerous other comedians, and Crimmins’s family and friends. This emotional documentary shows how Crimmins, a onetime resident of Lakewood, Ohio, overcame his horrific past and continues to use his comedic voice as a means to effect change. – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:20 PM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:05 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM -
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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"Shakes the Clown" (1991), "Sleeping Dogs Lie" (2006), "World's Greatest Dad" (2009), "God Bless America" (2011), "Willow Creek" (2013), CALL ME LUCKY (2015)

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