Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End / Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes


Sequoia 1 Sat, May 5, 2018 12:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Running Time:70 min.
Director:Pablo Bryant
Producer:Ted Collins
Cinematographer:Pablo Bryant
Editor:Adam Lichtenstein
Print Source:Whydah Productions
Note Writer:Dennis Harvey



“I want cartooning to be dangerous,” says the subject of Pablo Bryant’s engaging feature. The artist known as Mr. Fish is an editorial cartoonist whose images push hard against various sanctities, offering oft-excoriating sociopolitical commentary with a sharp originality both visual and intellectual. You’ve probably seen some, online or in the pages of Harper’s or The Nation. But the penchant for crusading equal-opportunity shock value he’s had since childhood (as a Jersey boy who wanted to be Angela Davis) have made him too hot to handle in an era of ever-shrinking, increasingly cautious print media—not to mention the chill placed on such impudent free expression by the Charlie Hebdo massacre. With two growing daughters, household debt, and a loyal but weary working wife who insists “It’s time to step up and grow up,” he may have to compromise the purity of his vision to make a steady buck.

Slamdance 2018—Best Documentary Feature

IN PERSON: Director Pablo Bryant, Producer Ted Collins, Film Subject Dwayne Booth

Co-featured with DRAWN TOGETHER: COMICS, DIVERSITY & STEREOTYPES; please see separate listing.

IN PERSON: Director Harleen Singh, Editor Tal Skloot, Film Subject Keith Knight

Additional Information

Pablo Bryant has been the director of photography on four feature documentaries, including Crazy Wisdom, Cargo and MASTER. He has shot additional photography for other projects, including HBO’s Cinema Verite, the documentary The Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, the DVD special features for Mad Men (seasons four and five), and Relocation Arkansas. He filmed in India and Nepal for Tulku, which aired on CBC television. Bryant produced and directed a short documentary about the epidemic of homeless children, Stand Up for Kids. Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End is his first feature documentary.