co-presented by DCTV and Filmwax

“A dream come true…a warm and frequently hilarious portrait”

    –Time Out New York

Very Semi-Serious (Leah Wolchok / 83 min / 2015) is an offbeat documentary about humor, art and the genius of the single panel. The film goes behind-the-scenes of 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.

Revealing The New Yorker’s weekly open-call cartoon submission process, Very Semi-Serious follows Bob Mankoff as he strives to nurture new talent and represent the magazine’s old guard, while also considering how his industry must evolve to stay relevant. Mankoff had been the cartoon editor of The New Yorker since 1997 until he recently stepped down and has also had more than 900 of his own cartoons published in the magazine since the 1970s.

The film won a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was nominated for Outstanding Documentary Editing.

Following the screening, we will excitedly be joined by the following cartoonists: Bob MankoffEmily FlakeLiana Finck, and Mort Gerberg.


Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30pm

To say we are living in stressful times might just be the biggest understatement that can be made. Docularious!, a screening series that focuses on documentaries about humor, is programmed by Adam Schartoff, host of the podcast Filmwax Radio.

This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community.