Docularious!: VERY SEMI SERIOUS

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.

Details: dctvny.org/events/verysemiserious

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.

Filmwax Radio Live with D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus

May 20th • Doors at 6:30, event begins at 7:00, no entry after 7:30

DCTV and Filmwax Radio cordially invite you to a special live podcast event, a conversation with filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, one of the most respected teams of documentary filmmakers working today, about their longstanding careers and new documentary feature, Unlocking the Cage.

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans, by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections.

Unlocking the Cage opens May 25th at New York’s Film Forum, and nationally in June.

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.

Filmwax Radio Live with D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus

May 20th • Doors at 6:30, event begins at 7:00, no entry after 7:30

DCTV, 87 Lafayette, NYC

DCTV and Filmwax Radio cordially invite you to a special live podcast event, a conversation with filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, one of the most respected teams of documentary filmmakers working today, about their longstanding careers and new documentary feature, Unlocking the Cage.

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans, by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections.

Unlocking the Cage opens May 25th at New York’s Film Forum, and nationally in June.

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.

Never Not Working: Short Films on Labor from True/False

Closing out the summer right before Labor Day, DCTV & Filmwax are doing it with a bang, bringing the great True/False Film Festival from Columbia, MO to New York, NY.

Culled from a decade’s worth of their programming, these award-winning short films depict stories of labor as an inevitable part of our lives, whether enjoyable and fulfilling, difficult and necessary, and/or both.

Kicking off this free event, we’ll be carried away by Mountain Animation’s acoustic renderings. Following the screening, we’ll be joined by True/False Co-Founder Paul Sturtz, Programmer Karen Cirillo, and award-winning filmmakers Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed.

Then stick around to share a drink, meet the panelists, and bask in the glow that is True/False.