Directed by Vanessa Gould
It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores.
Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?
"A remarkably good film about the craft of writing. I was amazed and often delighted by Obit."
"Fascinating and surprisingly funny.”
“Brisk, affectionate. The film becomes elating as [the writers] master their own existential quandaries in the race to file copy by 6 p.m."
"A more lighthearted film on such a seemingly dark subject is hard to imagine.”
"Inspirational, uplifting and often hilarious. Gould has crafted the perfect documentary."
"One of the few great films I've seen about writing."
"Engaging and lively. Those writers make for fun company."
|Pacific Film Archive||Berkeley||CA||1502424000August 11 - August 20, 2017|
|The Loft Cinema||Tucson||AZ||1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017|
|Theatre N at Nemours||Wilmington||DE||1496376000June 2 - June 4, 2017|
|Landmark Midtown Art Cinema||Atlanta||GA||1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017|
|Amherst Cinema||Amherst||MA||1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017|
|Landmark Lagoon Cinema||Minneapolis||MN||1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017|
|Grail MovieHouse||Asheville||NC||1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017|
|The Guild Cinema||Albuquerque||NM||1496376000June 2 - June 5, 2017|
|Center For Contemporary Arts||Santa Fe||NM||1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017|
|Picturehouse||Pelham||NY||1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017|
|Mendocino Film Festival||Mendocino||CA||1496289600June 1 - June 4, 2017|
|Dairy Center for the Arts||Boulder||CO||1496203200May 31 - June 3, 2017|
|Landmark Chez Artiste||Denver||CO||1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017|
|Little Theatre||Rochester||NY||1495771200May 26 - June 15, 2017|
|Belcourt Theatre||Nashville||TN||1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017|
|Northwest Film Forum||Seattle||WA||1495771200May 26 - May 28, 2017|
|Landmark Ken Cinema||San Diego||CA||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Music Box Theatre||Chicago||IL||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Coolidge Corner Theatre||Brookline||MA||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Charles Theatre||Baltimore||MD||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Aperture Cinema||Winston Salem||NC||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Film Streams||Omaha||NE||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Oklahoma City Museum of Art||Oklahoma City||OK||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Cinema 21||Portland||OR||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Landmark Ritz at the Bourse||Philadelphia||PA||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Salt Lake Film Society @ Broadway Centre Cinemas||Salt Lake City||UT||1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017|
|Landmark Shattuck Cinemas||Berkeley||CA||1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017|
|Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema||San Francisco||CA||1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017|
|Landmark E Street Cinema||Washington||DC||1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017|
|The Showroom Asbury Park||Asbury Park||NJ||1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017|
|Landmark Nuart Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1493956800May 5 - May 11, 2017|
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1493179200April 26 - May 9, 2017|
|Lincoln Plaza Cinema||New York||NY||1493179200April 26 - May 2, 2017|
|Alexander Valley Film Society||Cloverdale||CA||1492401600April 17, 2017|
|Palm Springs International Film Festival||CA||1483592400January 5 - January 16, 2017|
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"The stories that came up were joyous and lively and funny." @OBITthefilm dir. Vanessa Gould spoke with @BKMagFilm https://t.co/oFEs69IUUN
.@thedailybeast on Vanessa Gould's "captivating" documentary @OBITthefilm about @NYTObits writers, opens Wednesday! https://t.co/00hWNuCKbW
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RT @Tribeca: Join the AVD team & President and CEO of @KinoLorber as they discuss taking film distribution into your own hands. https://t.c…
RT @FilmComment: "The comedy is only the other side of the drama." Bruno Dumont on SLACK BAY, now playing at @FilmLinc & @QuadCinema: https…
Tune in to @LeonardLopate on @WNYC at 12:40pm to hear from @OBITthefilm dir. Vanessa Gould + obit writer Bruce Weber https://t.co/kOFFKzlbuc
"A big breakthrough was when the country released an official #TomofFinland stamp. So you can like a man's ass and… https://t.co/tw37kTs2qj
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