Obit.

Directed by Vanessa Gould

Year: 2017
Running Time: 95
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Documentary
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Obit.

Cast
Bruce Weber
Margalit Fox
William McDonald
William Grimes
Douglas Martin
Paul Vitello
Jeff Roth

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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?

"Critic's Pick! Observant, graceful and nonchalantly witty. One comes away from Obit. grateful that the paper has at its disposal a team of humane, gifted people who make commemorating the dead a lively, lasting art."

"Fascinating and surprisingly funny.”

"A remarkably good film about the craft of writing. I was amazed and often delighted by Obit."

"Unfailingly refreshing and engrossing. Obituary writing as practiced by the ace team at The New York Times could be the most imaginative and organic form of journalism in contemporary newspapers."

"Inspirational, uplifting and often hilarious. Gould has crafted the perfect documentary."

"One of the few great films I've seen about writing."

"A more lighthearted film on such a seemingly dark subject is hard to imagine.”

"Engaging and lively. An enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at one of journalism's odder jobs."

"A must-see. Breathes new life into the obituary."

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 1502424000August 11 - August 20, 2017
The Music Hall Portsmouth 1501214400July 28 - August 3, 2017
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1499400000July 7 - July 13, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1498881600July 1 - July 2, 2017
Speed Art Museum Louisville 1498795200June 30 - July 1, 2017
Cinemapolis Ithaca 1497585600June 16 - June 22, 2017
Metropolitan Isis Theatre Aspen 1496808000June 7, 2017
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Theatre N at Nemours Wilmington 1496376000June 2 - June 4, 2017
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Grail MovieHouse Asheville 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
The Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1496376000June 2 - June 5, 2017
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Auburn Public Theater Auburn 1496376000June 2 - June 7, 2017
Picturehouse Pelham 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Bijou Art Cinemas (Eugene, OR) Eugene 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Mendocino Film Festival Mendocino 1496289600June 1 - June 4, 2017
Dairy Center for the Arts Boulder 1496203200May 31 - June 3, 2017
Frontier Cafe Brunswick 1496116800May 30 - June 4, 2017
State Theatre of Modesto Modesto 1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017
Landmark Mayan Theatre Denver 1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017
Tropic Cinema Key West 1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017
Little Theatre Rochester 1495771200May 26 - June 15, 2017
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1495771200May 26 - May 28, 2017
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Real Art Ways Hartford 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
O Cinema Miami Beach Miami Beach 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Charles Theatre Baltimore 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Film Streams Omaha 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Nightlight Cinema Akron 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Cinema 21 Portland 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Salt Lake Film Society @ Broadway Centre Cinemas Salt Lake City 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1494648000May 13 - May 21, 2017
Rafael Film Center San Rafael 1494648000May 13 - May 25, 2017
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1494561600May 12 - May 25, 2017
Laemmle Fine Arts Los Angeles 1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1494561600May 12 - May 25, 2017
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1494561600May 12 - May 25, 2017
The Showroom Asbury Park Asbury Park 1494561600May 12 - May 25, 2017
Cinema Village New York 1494561600May 12 - May 25, 2017
Violet Crown Cinema Austin 1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017
Rose Theatre Port Townsend 1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1493956800May 5 - May 11, 2017
Film Forum New York 1493179200April 26 - May 9, 2017
Lincoln Plaza Cinema New York 1493179200April 26 - May 18, 2017
Alexander Valley Film Society Cloverdale 1492401600April 17, 2017
Palm Springs International Film Festival 1483592400January 5 - January 16, 2017


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