'That's Not Funny' Orlando Screening

The Freethought Film Festival Foundation (FFFF) presents the feature film, That's Not Funny, a dead serious documentary about comedy*.

Director, Mike Celestino asks, "How are boundaries defined in comedy?  Is there a line, and if so, when is it okay to cross it? Is it in our nature to make fun of things that make us uncomfortable, topics that might otherwise be considered dire or taboo?" The film examines these questions, events and more via historical analysis, archival footage and filmmaker commentary.Filmmaker Q&A to follow the screening.

Advance reservations for this screening for guests age 21+ includes a pre-screening happy hour from 6-8 pm at The Woods (49 N. Orange Ave), with a complimentary pairing of hors d'oeuvres and beer from Cigar City Brewing. Come and meet filmmaker, Mike Celestino before the screening!

Reservations for the happy hour and film is a suggested donation of $12. (Film screening only is a suggested donation of $10.)

*The content of this film may not suitable for some viewers and is recommended for a mature audience.

Link for tickets:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/thats-not-funny-film-screening-tickets-12177516279

The filmmaker will be in attendance. He's traveling on his own dime as a starving artist from the West Coast, so I hope we can fill the seats in show of support.


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  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Concluded in This Post):

    2) the OHA mtg. that was at the opposite spectrum of Not believing in an Afterlife; 3) the gorgeous, environmentally-celebratory art exhibit I unexpectedly was able to enjoy at the University Club after the OHA mtg.--with their "summer yummy" lime punch--& 4) My monthly gourmet, gorgeous, balanced- nutritionally Raw Food potluck in a beautiful outdoor arts-&-towering-oak-trees setting with lots of hugs, laughter & heartwarming Community feeling.

    I Did make all my goals--& satisfyingly "crashed out" last night--feeling many dimensions of me nourished from the collection of contrasts that each "did something special & unique" for many of my human needs yesterday. It was "ALL GOOD."

    August 11

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd from Prev. post): Cecy, when the meeting broke up, I got into conversation with John who was sitting nearer me--& you slipped away. . ."Oh well. . . Next time--since you're a "Regular" too. I will have had more sleep then too--since I was functioning on 1 hr. sleep because of the funeral time change, the longer Review that I stayed up to do in order to be Current with the group & release the thoughts from my mind about the most recent Meetup--


    PLUS--didn't want to miss the whole Wonderful, 4-event, contrasting day I had planned: 1) the Buddhist Memorial Service in which I noted the similarities between the Christian "heaven" & Buddhist's concept of it (reincarnation being one of the main differences), the soothing feeling of congregational chanting & transmitted love to the deceased & her family--with emotional warmth, meetings & greetings & hugs all around; (Concluded on next Post)

    August 11

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    HI CECY, Seeing the Meetup "aftertag" of "Good to See You" reminded me that I had missed being able to greet you more personally as I had hoped to do--after our "glimpsed" meeting at the film. Unfortunately, as I explained orally when I came in yesterday when "The Unbelievers" movie was over because of the unexpected schedule change in the friend's funeral, I could only glimpse you again across the aisle--in your favorite spot at the back on the right. I like the back area too for "perspective" & can "spread out" more easily with the "paraphernalia"/green smoothie drink I usually bring. Anyhow; I was able to see your name tag "Cecilia" & realize that you are indeed the person I was thinking of in my previous post here (before my "unexpectedly longish-for-this-format" Review of the film) -- responding to yours in which we affirmed that we would see each other Sunday. (Concluded on next Post)

    August 11

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    REVIEW CONCLUDED IN THIS POST: Empathy overcomes our guilt. We have "been there" -- or can Imagine "Being there." Some clips from the classics of physical comedy like Buster Keaton, The Marx Bros., Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, etc. were shown to illustrate the theory.

    All in all; I learned a lot, chuckled at times at familiar clips -- but overall, it was a more Serious night for me than a laughing nite--just like the filmmaker promised-- & I left thinking about some things in different ways than I had thought of them before.

    --Norma J. Young

    ("Whew!")

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd from prev. Post) -- if I'm remembering correctly) -- it was originally 2 boards slapped together to create the Sound of someone or something being hit--& was used in early radio too as an important prop in their collection of sound effects -- & that

    10) WHY we laugh at slapstick & other physical comedy where somebody is getting hurt through innocent accident, carelessness, stupidity or being "tripped up" somehow is that we Identify with both the one(s) experiencing the misfortune--& the one(s) meting it out. It's an EMPATHIC response. We may feel guilty laughing at slapstick--but we still laugh--because our empathy overcomes our guilt. We have "been there" -- or can imagine "being there. Some clips from the classics of physical comedy like Buster Keaton, The Marx Bros., Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, etc. were shown to illustrate the theory.

    We may feel guilty laughing at slapstick--but we still laugh--because our (CONCLUDED on next Post)

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd from prev. Post) using the term itself --& claiming THEIR Right to use the word--perhaps that by somehow using it publicly in a humorous context, that they might "depower" its historic offensiveness & hypocritical, euphemistic use.

    He also covered "Black Face" & its promotion of racist myths as it was used in vaudeville & other comedy after that at times--perpetuating the gross untruth that black people were "happy on the plantation dancing & jigging"--when it was anything BUT the truth!

    8) Speaking of words ("Meaning is in PEOPLE--Not in Words" is a quote from Marshall McLuhan, considered The Father of Modern Communications); he also used many clips from Lenny Bruce, who is famously known for saying "Don't Take Away My Words" when being arrested for using words in his nightclub act that would not get a person arrested today in a similar context.

    9) Other things I learned in the film were the origin of the term "slapstick" (ancient Roman theater (Cont'd on next Post)

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd from prev. post) boundaries of comedy "should" be--would be a fitting climax to thinking seriously about humor & appreciating its power. I mentioned during the Q,A & C this sequence--& that Both the (now) revered Mark Twain & the (to begin with) vilified Lenny Bruce were controversial all of their lives--because they held society up to a magnifying glass of truth--& pointed out Society's hypocrisies & foibles, yet exhibiting their own human frailties as well.

    7) He also examined the use of the euphemism "the 'n' word" when people want to refer to the understandably taboo term. He said that even when people use the euphemistic phrase, that doesn't let them off the hook--because it is the Speaker who plants the seed of the thought in the mind of the Listener who then says the taboo word in their head.
    So; it still is being repeated in the consciousness of society. He used illustrations from black comics, like Richard Pryor & Chris Rock actually (Cont'd on next Post)

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd from prev. post) sensitivity to a joke someone was starting to tell him about "bowling balls & dead babies." He stopped the joke-teller from going further, because the filmmaker told the person that he had a brother die in infancy--& he doesn't find humor on that topic funny. The person refrained from going further. The filmmaker commented further that what one person may find funny, another person may not--& while one cannot please "all the people all of the time," comedy needs to at least be Aware of individual's sensitivities --& ask themselves if their intent is to inflict More hurt--or to help Heal people or bring out truth that is helpful--through commentary.

    Having just "happening" to watch the two nites before the film the movie, "Lenny" starring Dustin Hoffman--about Lenny Bruce's life & the next night a biography on public television about Mark Twain--by famed documentarian Ken Burns--I felt that the 3rd nite in a row--examining What the (Cont'd on next Post)

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd from prev. post) "provoke" rape -- just by being women--& that rape is a crime of violence--not of "I just couldn't help myself, 'boys will be boys' "male passion." [When I was in my early days of feminist activism during the emerging "Second Wave of Feminism" -- & founding the first Rape Prevention & Crisis Center in Chattanooga, TN in 1974; I ran into those myths--& more--in trying to raise public awareness of rape in which the victim should not be victimized twice--once by her attacker--& again by Society.]

    6) Further; I said that I could see that even horrific events -- including 9/11 & other tragedies (Charlie Chaplin spoofed & satirized Hitler --even while Hitler in power--even sporting a similar mustache) -- at some point of enough time passing, can "qualify" for some sensitive humor to help people recover--since laughter is known as "the best medicine."

    The filmmaker also revealed that there are times when individuals have life-long sensitivities & cited his own

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd) rejection resentment fuel latent "dark energies" of their own.

    The filmmaker responded that yes, there has been speculation as to this factor in being an underlying cause of Hitler's rise to power.

    That "spoke to me" even more powerfully about the importance of forgiveness & love being extremely important ingredients in the advance of human civilization. Before anger & resentments get out of hand, it's important to work them through. Art is a very important vehicle for that.

    4) The film also examined some feminist topics & sensitivities--even questioning whether rape would ever be an appropriate subject for comedy. The filmmaker is a passionate feminist & has many feminist friends, some of them writers, which he featured in comments about rape & comedy. He acknowledged the sensitivity of the subject; because there are Survivor sensitivities. 5) I echoed his concern & said that feminists are STILL trying to combat centuries of myths that women

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Cont'd): that could result in violence or other social ills. 3) In the Q, A, C (Comments), I remembered this ending & spoke up about the film I saw last Fall "The Rape of Europa"--about Nazis' plunder of European art--at Rollins College as part the 75th anniversary commemoration of Krystallnacht, which was a particularly horrific event in an even more horrific period of time. I said the film had told me something I didn't know before about Hitler--& what may have Caused him to go on such a rampage against the Jews. "The Rape of Europa" stated that Hitler had been rejected from a prestigious art school by a Jewish person in authority, who felt that while Hitler had Some artistic talent, it wasn't quality enough for the school. Apparently; Hitler let this rejection fester into a life-long vendetta against the Jews--& dragged the whole world along with him--in truth, those "dragged" (sided with the Nazis) also had choices about whether
    to let Hitler's rejection resentment

    August 10

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    A few more thoughts on what I "took away" from the film: [Note, since the Thoughts became More than what I had "thought" they would be, this post will be in multiple parts here; Further; I've decided, for ease of reading to Also post on the OHA Mailing List site:]

    1) I felt that Filmmaker Mike Celestino put much deep thought into his script & choice of clips illustrating his premises, drawing from significant experience himself as a standup comic. I complimented him for bringing to the screen a serious examination of the subject of "boundaries" in comedy--& the value of comedy itself. I thought it was an excellent analysis of the subject--first I've known it to be treated in a film context.

    2) In his concluding remarks on screen. he emphasized that if viewers didn't remember anything else about the film; he wanted to make the point that he is passionately against censorship of art--in any form--because then That outlet could help deter actually Acting Out feelings

    August 10

  • Cecilia E.

    You're welcome Norma, I know you'll do that for someone else.
    See you on Sunday at OHA.

    August 8

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    P. S.: Cecy--just wanted to say a particular "Thank YOU" to you--because it was Your response offering more info about the parking that "tipped the balance" & made things seem more Do-able--to finally get me "rolling" to tune into the vague ambivalence I felt & tackle the obstacles to get me there. Your reaching out to me--made the difference, since I didn't see David's post back about the computer tkt. difficulty before I left for the event.

    August 8

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    So THAT was You, Cecy! Yes; I remember seeing you when we were both looking for the restroom b/4 the Q&A--I have a pix in mind of "you"? sitting in or near the back row on right (facing front) at OHA monthly mtgs. I Think I'm associating that memory with the correct person; since we're both going Sunday, I want to confirm who you are--more graciously than our "meeting" last night.

    Yes; I have experienced David Williamson being a "gentleman" also--nothing incompatible with that attitude/practice & humanism OR feminism. Was glad to hear the filmmaker state that he has feminist friends & IS a Feminist--since feminist principles & sensitivities --as well as racial or other political minorities' sensitivities/concerns/struggles being addressed as well.

    Will have to wait till Friday to do my serious "mini review" (promised in posts last nite)--had much business to do when I got home last nite that kept me up all nite & was still "wiped out" today. Need R&R lst.

    August 8

  • Cecilia E.

    Great documentary. Hi, Norma! I'm sorry you did not see me but I saw you when you were looking for the bathroom. I'm the lady in black blouse who you asked if I was looking for the bathroom too.
    Thank you David Williamson for holding the door when I was getting out from the movie theater.

    1 · August 7

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    Hmmm; that's strange. I didn't "click" on anything to pgm. posts below to "silhouette"/anonymize me. Jack; have you altered the instructions to the website? Or has Meetup suddenly changed their format?

    August 7

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    (Conclusion of post just done): Will post a more serious mini-review to this site tomorrow after have had some sleep--am still on my Wednesday sleep-deprived time. Some "hints" in the meantime: Profound & "about time" Somebody did a movie about Boundaries in comedy -- & Why comedy is so important. Great perspective. Learned a lot. "More" later . . .

    (Just noticed lst below has an androgynous head in silhouette. Wonder why when the ones before it I did had my main Profile pix--as hopefully this one will too. . . we'll see.)

    August 7

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    Yes; Richard, I did. Much self-deliberation beforehand & techno-problems in ordering tkt. as you saw in my last post--then "boulders in the road" Wed. to get there--but determination won out--& I was Real Glad I went. Another example to me of See the End Result you want--& "the way" will unfold, even though there will be flexibility & trust challenges along the way. Before I saw your post, upon reflection of my experience there, I realized I hadn't seen you--not sure if I would recognize you in person--from your "angry eyes" I.D. closeup. . .you might have been in a different mood at the event (Lol). Didn't have time to Really Look for anyone beforehand--didn't see Cecy either--& I Know I would recognize her--since the logistics of getting there were troublesome--& even the bartenders in the block where the Happy Hour at The Woods was supposed to be didn't know where it was--it was, in the words of Andrea, the event sponsor--like trying to find a "Speakeasy."

    August 7

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    Cecy--or Whoever is in position to Know: I changed my mind & decided to order the ticket. Got the website (eventbrite) & registered, but could not complete the ticket order. Screen kept telling me to put info. in a little box to the right. Would not let me enter it There or in box below. Frustrated. I'm generally "computer challenged" -- but had this same trouble with this same co. when I was trying to buy a ticket online for an event another meetup group was sponsoring earlier this summer.

    Think I will just "show up" & hope to buy ticket at box office--or maybe the sponsors will figure out a way to help me buy it online onsite. The possibility of running into this techno-issue + the parking unsurety/safety were some of my reasons for hesitating to commit to the event.

    August 6

    • David W.

      Andrea said that's fine, Norma Jeane

      August 6

  • Richard F.

    So, NJY, did you ever show up? I had planned to attend, but could not and may not have canceled.

    August 6

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    Thanks, Cecy. The parking info. helps. Even though the discounted parking is only 3 hrs.--not enough to cover the happy hr., too, I presume I could pay the extra for the extra time. The parking seems safe enough if I have company walking me to my car in the pkg. garage afterward. Since I'm not SURE I'm coming, thought it best to change RSVP to not be a "No Show."

    August 6

  • Cecilia E.

    A Message from Freethought Film Festival Foundation:

    This is a reminder that if you reserved your ticket for the film plus the pre-screening happy hour, the time shown on your ticket is the time we will be showing the film at the Plaza Cinema 12 (8:30 pm in theater 2). "Advance reservations for this screening for guests age 21+ includes a pre-screening happy hour from 6-8 pm at The Woods (49 N. Orange Ave), with a complimentary pairing of hors d'oeuvres and beer from Cigar City Brewing. Come and meet filmmaker, Mike Celestino before the screening! Reservations for the happy hour and film is a suggested donation of $12. Film screening only is a suggested donation of $10.

    The theater offers discounted parking for up to 3 hrs. with Cinema validation for only $2.50 in the attached Plaza/Solaire parking garage.

    August 5

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    Where is "The Woods" for the pre-screening? I don't have GPS on my car. Cross-street would help. Wonder if park there & walk to the screening--or park nearer the screening & walk Back to the Pre-screening--if 49 N. Orange is in Downtown Orlando. I looked at the map for the cinema, but no map link given for the prescreening location. I'm still thinking about going. I am interested in the subject matter & the perspective over some years of comedy coupled with the discussion following is enticing. What about parking for the film? Even though 4 going (with me yet a maybe--haven't bought my ticket yet--) from OHA, there could be others from other freethought area organizations--since I imagine this film has been promoted to them too. I guess FFFF is the Main sponsor of this so they're undoubtedly promoting it widely--so there would be more than 4 of us there!

    August 1, 2014

  • Richard F.

    Have to check on the last bus home (I think the #11 to the airport runs real late),but I will try to attend. I can always walk. With Jack and (the doubtful) Norma Jean, plus the filmmaker, sounds like a good evening.

    "Today is the only day; yesterday is gone." -John Wooden

    August 1, 2014

  • Jack M.

    I don't know. Since the screening etc. is paid by a donation I would suspect that you could just show up and make the donation. That is, if seats are available.

    July 19, 2014

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    Can we also buy tickets at the door? I'd rather not pay in advance, in case "something comes up." Plus I don't like doing financial things on-line.

    July 19, 2014

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