HBO Documentary Films has acquired Leah Wolchok’s directorial debut, “Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists,” which follows cartoon editor Bob Mankoff as he works throughs both submissions and the pitching process behind the infamous New Yorker cartoons.
Through interviews with The New Yorker’s staff members, success stories like Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg and budding cartoonists like Liana Finck, Wolchok shows The New Yorker’s process of curating cartoons and sorting through submissions. The documentary also follows Mankoff as he looks for new cartoonists who will represent the company’s tradition, while also helping it to evolve and maintain its relevance.
“Very Semi-Serious” will run from November 20 to December 3 during a limited theatrical run in New York at Lincoln Plaza, in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater and in Los Angeles. The film will premiere on HBO on December 7.