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by Indiewire
June 24, 2013 6:41 AM
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Project of the Day: A 'Very Semi-Serious' Doc about New Yorker Cartoons

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"Very Semi-Serious"

Tweetable logline: 

An offbeat documentary about New Yorker cartoons.

Elevator Pitch: 

"Very Semi-Serious" goes behind the scenes of the New Yorker and introduces the past, present and future generations of cartoonists who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades. 

Isn't it about time a documentary made you laugh?

Production Team:

Director/Producer: Leah Wolchok
Producer: Davina Pardo
Executive Producers: Bruce Sinofsky and Deborah Shaffer
Cinematographer: Kirsten Johnson
Associate Producer: Joanna Sokolowski

About the Production: 

"Very Semi-Serious" began as a dream idea while obsessing over the New Yorker’s back page, the cartoon caption contest. I brainstormed a lot. I entered once. And like most of us, I lost. So I started researching to the people who are good at captioning, the cartoonists. I learned about their rituals (they submit 10-15 cartoons a week, every week), their rejection (even some of the best cartoonists sell only one a month) and the long tradition of subtle social commentary in their cartoons. And I was hooked. I knew I had to make a documentary.

Current Status: 

We're in production and fundraising to begin post.

For more information and to support this project: 
Kickstarter Page


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6 Comments

  • Linda Davis | July 2, 2013 11:35 PMReply

    Great idea!

  • Laura Blum | July 1, 2013 9:21 AMReply

    what a great idea--- a great project

  • lloyd zimet | June 30, 2013 6:41 PMReply

    interesting, light and watchable

  • Laura Taylor | June 30, 2013 10:35 AMReply

    Love this! What a great story and such interesting folks. I've always wondered about the people and process behind the New Yorker cartoons. Congrats on getting the funding and can't wait to see the final film.

  • Kathleen Laziza | June 30, 2013 10:08 AMReply

    Get project!

  • orly yadin | June 30, 2013 7:32 AMReply

    i'd love to see very semi-serious and others like it