Dying To Do Letterman – directed by Biagio Messina & Joke Fincioen Festival screening times – 3/4 @ 7pm, 3/6 @ 7pm, 3/8 @ 5pm WORLD PREMIERE Steve Mazan has had one dream since he was a young lad of twelve, and surprisingly it had very little to do with masturbation. Little Steve, long considered the class clown, wanted to one day perform stand-up comedy on the David Letterman show. Why Letterman and not Carson? No clue but if one were to hazard a guess it would probably be because Letterman, unlike his white-haired mentor, was himself a truly edgy and goofy-looking comedian. The dream sits in the back of Mazan’s head for years, but he continues to work the comedy clubs honing his craft, skipping out on bar tabs, and “disappearing” hecklers just waiting for the right people to notice him and invite him to the Show. (That’s a baseball term I learned from Bull Durham, but it seems more apt in this particular situation.) Not surprisingly, this plan of inaction gets him nowhere fast, which is when life decides to throw him an unexpected curve ball. He’s diagnosed with liver cancer and given five years to live. Mazan’s life-long dream now has an expiration date. Who knew a death sentence could be such a motivator?