“Mr. Fish Cartooning From The Deep End” is a feature documentary about the incomparable cartoonist, and multi-talented dissident known as Mr. Fish. We caught up with Mr. Fish, Producer Ted Collins and Director Pablo Bryant to talk more about what inspired this film, the challenges of making it and more!
About “Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End”
Having found success creating compelling editorial cartoons in the LA weekly, Harpers, the Village Voice, The Nation and truthdig.com, we discover Mr. Fish as his profession is dying. Editors previously willing to back controversial work are disappearing as fast as the newspapers which once employed him. Can an outspoken artist raise a family and maintain his unique defiant voice? This intimate documentary follows the artist as he struggles to stay true to his creativity in a world where biting satiric humor has an ever-diminishing commercial value. Undeterred, Mr. Fish meets his plight head-on and with an abundance of creative energy. In the course of the film he curates a show and produces a book on the history of the art form, develops an animation series, and stages a gallery show of new original fine art. But the demands of raising a family overtake his freelance opportunities, and Mr. Fish is forced to make devastating choices. Ultimately the film is about the kinds of compromises a radical artist makes (or refuses to make) while trying to live in a traditional society.
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