Cartoons, sometimes lightly animated, are generously peppered throughout, & all of them got big laughs from the festival audience. Brief moments of pathos are provided by a reference to 9/11 & scenes of Mr. Mankoff's & his wife looking sad as they discuss a recent family tragedy, whose details are left deliberately vague.
Nels Bangerter, & producer Deborah Shaffer. Ms. Wolchok was breathlessly excited to be presenting the movie. She used to work in San Francisco & clearly had a lot of friends in the audience. We learned that Mr. Mankoff initially declined her request to make a movie about him but agreed when she came back after having raised some money & filmed several of the cartoonists.
§ Very Semi-Serious
Director: Leah Wolchok
2015, USA, 86 mins.
§ 58th San Francisco International Film Festival
May 1, 2015 6:30 p.m. Landmark's Clay Theatre
May 3, 2015 4:15 p.m. Pacific Film Archive Theater
May 5, 2015 6:30 p.m. Landmark's Clay Theatre