We’ve been following the journey of Call Me Lucky since before it premiered at Sundance last summer. We’re big fans of Barry Crimmins who is the subject of the documentary, and its no stretch for us to say that Bobcat Goldthwait is one of the best directors working today. If you haven’t seen his other films, particularly World’s Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and God Bless America, get started on those immediately.
Crimmins story is a fascinating one. He essentially created the Boston comedy scene and was an inspiration to so many of the comics who came up in Boston. He was a mentor to Bobcat, Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Denis Leary, and so many others. A brilliant satirist, Crimmins has also been an activist throughout his entire life. His career alone is an outstanding documentary subject, but there’s more. Crimmins had to overcome a childhood trauma that nearly killed him.
In an interview with Yahoo News, Goldthwait said, “this movie is bigger than me. It’s about Barry’s courage, and it’s also addressing a problem that’s much larger than I had any idea when I made the movie.”
In the Yahoo interview, Goldthwait said that it was Robin Williams who inspired him to create the film and provided the films initial funding. “Robin was a fan of Barry’s, and he knew what I was trying to do,” Goldthwait told Yahoo. “He suggested to make it a doc.”
The film has gotten standing ovations and raves across the country on the festival circuit, and this fall will open nationwide. The film rolls out to select cities first on August 6th. Save that date, this is a Filtered Excellence editors pick with an asterisk.