Very Semi-Serious

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Very Semi-Serious

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DIRECTOR: Leah Wolchok
Q/A with New Yorker Cartoonist Emily Flake

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DIRECTOR: Leah Wolchok
PRODUCERS: Leah Wolchok, Davina Pardo
EDITORS: Nels Bangerter, Scott Stevenson
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Kirsten Johnson

Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel. The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled – and occasionally pissed off – all of us for decades. 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.

Leah Wolchok recently completed the IFP Documentary Lab, San Francisco Film Society Film House Residency and BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship. She co-produced the Independent Lens documentary Ask Not and directed four award-winning short films.