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Jul 15, 2010 11:26 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

In the business of being funny: documentary looks at cartoonists

Jul 15, 2010 11:26 AM

“Cartoonists are all at each other’s book-signings and lectures,” she said. “They turn out for each other.”

“Funny Business” has been successfully previewed in New York at the Morgan Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. Ms. Ely said that she is especially pleased that the film is to be shown at the Parrish, given her family’s longstanding ties to the area and Mr. Addams’s familiarity on the local scene.

“My goal is for it to be seen,” she said of the film. “I don’t have any dreams of fortune. No filmmaker should.”

She has called it “a labor of love” though, in the end, “Funny Business” turned out to be less about her mother per se and more about the cartoonists who enriched her mother’s life and inspired her dreams of success.

“I want people to meet them,” she said. “The film is a tribute to the work they have done and the people they are. I have been fortunate to hang out with them.”

“Funny Business” will be screened at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton on Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, or $5 for Parrish Art Museum members. For more information, visit parrishart.org, or call 283-2118.

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