American Caricature

American Caricature showcases not only the art of caricature, but the subculture surrounding it. From animators, illustrators, cartoonists, and live sketch artists, you’ll hear in their own words what it is that brings them all together, both literally and figuratively. Drawing caricatures for a living is unconventional to say the least, and you’re invited to explore the art form, the passion, the industry, and the community of caricature art in the United States. After all, drawing funny faces is a serious business!

  • Joe Ciomek
    Director
  • Tom Faraci
    Director
  • Joe Ciomek
    Producer
  • Tom Faraci
    Producer
  • Joe Ciomek
    Writer
  • Tom Faraci
    Writer
  • Joe Ciomek
    Editors
  • Tom Faraci
    Editors
  • Joe Ciomek
    Cinematographer
  • Peter Tellep
    Associate Producer
  • Joe Bluhm
    Key Cast
    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • Tom Richmond
    Key Cast
  • Jason Seiler
    Key Cast
  • C.F. Payne
    Key Cast
    C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator
  • Glenn Ferguson
    Key Cast
  • Ali R. Thome
    Key Cast
  • Rob Hren
    Key Cast
  • Stacy Pierce
    Key Cast
  • Dave Smith
    Key Cast
  • Jared Stokes
    Key Cast
  • Sean Evans
    Key Cast
  • Mary Kay Williams
    Key Cast
  • Ty Jones
    Key Cast
  • Sean Gardner
    Key Cast
  • Jeremy Townsend
    Key Cast
  • Chris Chua
    Key Cast
  • Natalie Hume
    Key Cast
  • Emily Byrne
    Key Cast
  • Kayla Archer
    Key Cast
  • Nate Kapnicky
    Key Cast
  • Tom Faraci
    Key Cast
  • Tony Sobota
    Key Cast
  • Beejay Hawn
    Key Cast
  • David Eichhorn
    Sound Design/Re-Recording Mixer
    The Wedding Singer, Rough Riders, Heart of Darkness, Don't Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Encino Man
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 4, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Society of Caricature Artists 28th Annual Conference and Comeptition
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    November 22, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Lakeshore Cinema Private Premiere
    Euclid, OH
    United States
    December 18, 2019
    Friends and Family Only
  • Lift-Off First Time Filmmakers Sessions
    Iver, Buckinghamshire
    United Kingdom
    April 25, 2020
  • Drawn Together 2020

    March 31, 2020
    Livestream
  • Northeast Ohio International Film Fest
    Canal Fulton, OH
    United States
    December 10, 2020
    Best Documentary
  • Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

    Silver Award
Director Biography - Joe Ciomek, Tom Faraci

Joe Ciomek and Tom Faraci are lifelong friends who have been collaborating creatively together since the third grade. American Caricature is their first feature film.

Joe Ciomek is a graduate of Cleveland State University's film program, and has since gone on to work on many projects and music videos, including "Thrash Mob" for Danica Roem's Cab Ride Home. Joe founded Lucky Card Productions in 2015 when work began on American Caricature.

Tom Faraci is a caricature artist, graphic designer, and filmmaker from Cleveland, OH. He also serves as the President of the International Society of Caricature Artists. Previous film experience includes sneaking around downtown Cleveland to watch filming of The Avengers.

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Director Statement

American Caricature is the culmination of five years of work- a love letter to an art form and industry that has given us much. We hope this film finds an audience not just with caricature artists, but with people who appreciate art in general and wish to explore a world outside of their own. Our goal was to tell a story that was accessible whether you're an artist or not - one that is funny and engaging and reflects the passions of the artists we feature. We hope people who view American Caricature will take away a new understanding of an art form and community they may have had no knowledge of prior. But mostly, we hope you like it. Thank you!