An official selection for the Documentary Competition at Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival Aug.10-16 and official selection at Austin’s AGLIFF 2020 (All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) Aug. 6-16, the documentary was the proud winner of Audience Choice at the Paley Center for Media DocPitch Competition.
Directed by first time female doc filmmaker at 72, Susan Sandler (writer of Golden Globe nominated CROSSING DELANCEY), audiences are taken on an emotional roller coaster in the uplifting journey of Julia Scotti who decades ago performed as Rick Scotti, appearing on bills with Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Now, the senior trans comedian returns to the stage as “the crazy old lady of comedy” and finalist on America’s Got Talent in this tender, funny and triumphant comeback story.
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Decades ago, Julia Scotti performed as Rick Scotti, and appeared on bills with Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Now, the trans comedian returns to the stage as “the crazy old lady of comedy,” in this tender, funny, and triumphant comeback story.
In the comedy boom of the late 1980’s Rick Scotti was a busy guy—working clubs across the country when he came to the deadly realization that nothing felt right. At a time when the words gender dysphoria and gender reassignment surgery were rarely heard, Rick’s true awakening at age forty-seven led to a year of hormonal treatments, surgery, and a new identity as Julia Scotti. And then the doors shut tight. Everyone turned away—former wives, friends, family, comedy world buddies, and most painfully Julia was shut out from contact with the people she most deeply loved – her children. She reinvented herself, spent a decade teaching, and then several years ago, stepped on stage and began the journey back to the world she loves. In that same period, her children made contact after 15 years of estrangement. The film tracks Julia’s triumphant comeback, the rough life on the comedy circuit, and the return of her children, as comedy becomes a shared language of identity, healing, and joy.