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."
Interested in bringing Obit. to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Obit. may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
|Museum of Fine Arts, Houston||Houston||TX||15042384009/1, 9/3|
|Indie Memphis||Memphis||TN||1504065600August 30, 2017|
|The Tull Family Theater||Sewickley||PA||1503028800August 18 - August 24, 2017|
|Pacific Film Archive||Berkeley||CA||15024240008/11, 8/13, 8/20|
|Midtown Cinema||Harrisburg||PA||1502424000August 11 - August 24, 2017|
|Cary Theater||Cary||NC||1501819200August 4 - August 12, 2017|
|Boscov Film Theatre||Reading||PA||1501819200August 4 - August 10, 2017|
|Avalon Theatre||Washington||DC||1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017|
|Symphony Space||New York||NY||15001776007/16, 7/23, 7/29|
|Avalon Theatre||Washington||DC||1499832000July 12, 2017|
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|Crandell Theatre||Chatham||NY||1499400000July 7, 2017|
|Gateway Film Center||Columbus||OH||1499400000July 7 - July 13, 2017|
|The Music Hall||Portsmouth||NH||1498795200June 30 - July 6, 2017|
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