Very Semi-Serious

Very Semi-Serious

Very Semi-Serious

Behind-the-scenes documentary on the cartoons of The New Yorker and the characters who create them. 

"With Very Semi-Serious, viewers get an unprecedented glimpse into the process behind the cartoons. Legends Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg submit their work alongside hopefuls like graphic novelist Liana Finck. While on the other side of the desk, Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff sifts through hundreds of submissions every week to bring readers a carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work, striving to nurture new talent and represent the magazine’s old guard, while also considering how his industry must evolve to stay relevant. Leah Wolchok's light-hearted and sometimes poignant debut film offers a window into The New Yorker’s signature brand of subtle, contemplative humor, and perhaps also onto what it means to laugh at ourselves." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2015Rating: Exempt83 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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Finds a world-class collection of freaks, geeks and merry pranksters who channel their offbeat worldviews into the magazine’s iconic black-and-white illustrations.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A quick-witted treat for New Yorker fans.

Variety

Variety

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Finds a world-class collection of freaks, geeks and merry pranksters who channel their offbeat worldviews into the magazine’s iconic black-and-white illustrations.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A quick-witted treat for New Yorker fans.

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