The film version of Julia Sweeney's monologue, God Said `Ha!' , will be screened Oct. 25 as part of the New York Comedy Film Festival. The original stage rendition of God had a short run on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, Nov.-Dec. 1996. But Miramax Films soon acquired worldwide distribution rights for the film version, which is written and directed by Sweeney. Quentin Tarantino (Wait Until Dark) financed the film, which is produced by Rana Joy Glickman.
God Said `Ha!' has won Best Film in the 24th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Some 40,000 public ballots were received in the category -- one of the largest in SIFF's history. God Said `Ha!' beat out "Children of Heaven," "Above Freezing" and "Smoke Signals" for the Golden Space Needle Award, given out June 14 at the Festival's finale, held (appropriately enough) atop Seattle, WA's famous Space Needle.
The autobiographical show, which originated at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, Jan. 1996, deals with Sweeney's family, with her brother's illness, and with her own battle with cervical cancer.
God Said `Ha!' is set in 1994, just after the completion of Sweeney's last season on "SNL" when she learns that her brother, Mike, has lymphoma. Mike soon moves into her Hollywood bungalow. A few weeks later her parents, naturally distraught, arrive with ten suitcases. The problems escalate, as does the black comedy, until matters take on a surreal tone. As if that weren't enough, Sweeney herself was then diagnosed with cervical cancer.
God Said `Ha!' will be shown on Oct. 25 at 5:30 PM at the Director's Guild Theatre, 110 W. 57th St. A Q & A with Sweeney will follow. For information, call (212) 803-5183.