Members-Only Screening: I Used to Be Funny


Members-Only Screening: I Used to Be Funny

Arts Circle, Film Lover and Secret (shhh…) Members, you and a guest are invited to join us for a theatrical screening of I Used to Be Funny, followed by an in-person conversation with writer/director/executive producer Ally Pankiw.

Ally Pankiw and producer James Weyman took part in our Fast Track program in 2018. Ally also participated in the 2018 Directing Lab.

Beverages will be served prior to the screening, starting at 6:30 pm PT.

Filmmaker Ally Pankiw is a Film Independent Fellow, who participated in the 2018 Directing Lab.

An aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD decides whether or not to join the search for a missing teenage girl she used to nanny.

In 2023, I Used To Be Funny was an official selection of SXSW, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, and Calgary International Film Festival, as well as Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and the Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival.

From Utopia, I Used To Be Funny will be released in theaters on June 7 in New York City and June 14 in Los Angeles.

2024, 106 minutes, color | Written by Ally Pankiw | Directed by Ally Pankiw | Starring Rachel Sennott, Olga Petsa, Caleb Hearon, Sabrina Jalees | Produced by James Weyman, Jason Aita, Breann Smordin | Executive Produced by Paul Barkin, Li-Wei Chu, Mark Gingras, Judy Holm, Jordan Nahmias, Ally Pankiw

Registration Information

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Arts Circle, Film Lover and Secret Members can register for this event starting at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 4. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.


On the day of the event, registered Members may pick up tickets as early as one hour prior to the scheduled start time – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are nontransferable and for general, unreserved theater seating only (except for Arts Circle Members). Attendees must be in their seat(s) at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Entry/seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may not enter the venue without the Member who registered them present. Registration does not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand.

Masks are optional. This is subject to change as we continue to monitor public health guidance.

Parking validations will be provided inside the venue. The entrance to the parking garage is on Camden Drive, on the west side of the street. Please self-park on levels P1, P2, P3 or P4. From the garage, take the elevator up to the Lobby (L) and exit the building through the glass doors. The Screening Room entrance is on the same west side of Camden Drive, further north, towards Brighton Way, just before the entrance to the parking garage (look for glass doors with WME signage).


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. Limit one registration per Membership, per event.

Members are required to follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of policies may result in suspension or termination of Membership.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.