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"Call Me Lucky," director Bobcat Goldthwait's terrifically moving documentary about Skaneateles-raised comedian Barry Crimmins, will ride its buzz to an Aug. 7 theatrical release, distributor MPI Media Group announced last week.

Locally, the movie will be shown Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26, at Auburn Public Theater.

The movie tells the story of how Crimmins went from a Skaneateles childhood to a pioneering career as one of America's most influential political satirists.

Interviews with comedians like Steven Wright, David Cross and Patton Oswalt help color in the many extraordinary episodes in Crimmins' life, including his founding of the Ding Ho and Stitches comedy clubs in '80s Boston, his Congressional testimony about child pornography sharing in America Online's early chat rooms, and the traumatic sexual abuse he suffered in his early childhood. 

"I think it's a pretty courageous and heroic tale, and that's what drew me to it," Goldthwait said in a February interview with The Citizen.

The film has been a hit on the festival circuit, racking up the following honors:

• 2015 Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Best Documentary

• 2015 Boston Independent Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize Winner, Best Documentary

• 2015 Boulder International Film Festival: Best Documentary Feature

• 2015 Gasparilla International Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary

• 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival: Audience Award

• 2015 Boston Independent Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Documentary

• 2015 Chattanooga Film Festival: Audience Award

• 2015 Cinetopia International Film Festival: Audience Choice, Best Documentary

• 2015 Free State Festival: Best Documentary

For more information about the movie, follow @CallMeLuckyFilm on Twitter.


Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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