Comedian Julia Scotti's vibrant and moving comeback as "The Crazy Old Lady of Comedy." Last seen 20 years ago as Rick Scotti (on bills with Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Jerry Seinfeld) she comes out on network TV, her children return after a long and painful estrangement, and we watch her triumphant homecoming to the brutal standup comedy world as she delivers a truth that breaks down walls.
JULIA SCOTTI: Funny That Way, the journey of a 65-year-old transgender comedian and the children she lost and found with comedy as their path to identity and healing.
In the late 1990s, stand up comedian Rick Scotti was performing in comedy clubs across the country when he came to the realization that he was living a false and painful life. At a time when the words gender dysphoria and gender reassignment surgery were rarely heard - Rick’s awakening led him down the challenging road to a new identity as Julia Scotti. The consequences of her transition left Julia deserted by her family, friends, and comedy world colleagues.
At age 47, she reinvented herself, went back to college, and became a junior high school teacher. Several years ago she impulsively stepped back on the stage at a small comedy club. When she began to tell her story, the truth rang out with a rich comic urgency that has taken her all the way to national network television.
The film tracks the return of Julia’s children who have both found their way into the comedy realm, and weaves Julia’s vibrant story through interviews, extensive archival footage of Rick Scotti’s performances, home movies, stills, and observational footage as Julia grows her new relationships with her children and her audience, building on the film’s central theme of acceptance and healing, and the unique way this family uses comedy to face their truth.
MEET THE TEAM
Screenplays: the Golden Globe nominated film “Crossing Delancey”, “Friends At Last” (CBS), as well as projects for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, TNT, Columbia Pictures, Jersey Films and Interscope. Directing credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre, and NPR's Playing on Air. On the faculty of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film & TV where she has guided the Fusion Film Festival celebrating women in film, TV, and new media since its inception.
A filmmaker and an attorney, for the last decade and a half Paul has concentrated his practice on intellectual property matters (particularly media and technology), and has advised filmmakers, artists, start-ups, and multinationals on a wide range of transactions. His documentary films have been featured on the New York Times Op-Docs, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic, and his films and photos have been shown at festivals and galleries internationally.
Jamie DiNicola is an activist, writer, and award-winning filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. As a queer transgender man, Jamie has made storytelling the cornerstone of his queer & trans activist work. Jamie wrote, directed, and produced the short narrative film Spot, which was created with an entirely transgender cast playing non-transgender specific roles. featured in Huffington Post Queer Voices Other directing credits: We’re Making Wine, an official selection of the 2017 International Wine Film Festival; What's in a Name, a short documentary film about his personal transition and its effects on both himself and his family. Jamie is an editor and crew member of the docuseries, I am the T and has just released the first two episodes of his new web-series, Queer & Down, which follows the lives of young queer folks navigating this not-so-queer world.
Marsha Moore McKeever
Oscar nominated documentaries Sound and Fury and Why Can’t We Be A Family Again? Other credits: Garbage Dreams, Words of Witness, Aging Out, No Tomorrow, The Main Stream, Bullrider, Critical Condition, Emmy-award winning series, The Magic School Bus, Cyberchase. Wallowitch and Ross: This Moment, short-listed for an Academy Award and was recently given a home in the Academy’s Permanent Film Archive.
PBS: Projects with Michael Moore, Ken Burns, Shola Lynch, Bill Moyers, and Stanley Nelson. Favorite projects include The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, Faith and Reason, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords and Freedom Riders. Emmy (2011) and an ACE Eddie (2012) for his work on Freedom Riders.
New York City based with focus on non-fiction filmmaking and branded content. Directing credits include "Find Your Rhythm” and “Counselor” Recent clients: MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Meredith Corporation, and Contract Magazine. NYU Tisch Film grad.
Sea Team, award winner: First Run FF. Studied animation at NYU and worked under Bill Plympton on his Cop Dog and Simpsons “The Artiste” shorts. Currently in development: Roth’s half hour series “Manrattan.”
Award winning film, TV, and commercial composer. TV & Film: Mysteries of Laura (NBC), The Sage Brush Sea (PBS), The Grid ) (TNT) Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography and Mike Tyson: Autobiography with Joey Newman (A&E.) Commercial clients include NBCUniversal, Sony, Amazon.
JULIA SCOTTI: Funny That Way WON AUDIENCE CHOICE at the Paley Center for Media DocPitch Competition!