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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?
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.
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