Friday, July 24, 2015 - MV Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs
Discussion to follow with film subject and New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff and New Yorker cartoonists and Vineyard residents Paul Karasik and Mick Stevens
**Special Event: Cartoons and Cocktails at the Eisenhauer Gallery from 5 - 7 PM**
Join New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff and New Yorker cartoonists Paul Karasik and Mick Stevens for a private cocktail party at the beautiful Eisenhauer Gallery in downtown Edgartown. After you’ve had your fill of chatting with the cartoonists and perusing the contemporary art, head to the Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center for the screening of VERY SEMI-SERIOUS. Reserved center orchestra seats will be waiting for you.
Dir. Leah Wolchok | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2015 | 83 min.
This behind-the-scenes look at The New Yorker introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who have inspired, baffled, and occasionally pissed off readers for decades. Blending documentary and animation, the film transforms the magazine’s iconic black-and-white cartoons into a vibrant comic world. Along the way, the film explores the evolution of the cartoonists’ senses of humor and how they reflect the changing social and political landscape of urban life. Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art, and the genius of the single-panel cartoon.
"Director Leah Wolchok discovered a unique culture among the magazine's cartoonists, their panels rife with existential absurdity."
— Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal
Thank you to the screening sponsors