Obit.

Directed by Vanessa Gould

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

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

Crew
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?

Reviews

"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
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 15042384009/1, 9/3
Indie Memphis Memphis 1504065600August 30, 2017
The Tull Family Theater Sewickley 1503028800August 18 - August 24, 2017
Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 15024240008/11, 8/13, 8/20
Midtown Cinema Harrisburg 1502424000August 11 - August 24, 2017
Cary Theater Cary 1501819200August 4 - August 12, 2017
Boscov Film Theatre Reading 1501819200August 4 - August 10, 2017
Avalon Theatre Washington 1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017
Symphony Space New York 15001776007/16, 7/23, 7/29
Avalon Theatre Washington 1499832000July 12, 2017
Film Scene Iowa City 1499400000July 7 - July 13, 2017
Crandell Theatre Chatham 1499400000July 7, 2017
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1499400000July 7 - July 13, 2017
The Music Hall Portsmouth 1498795200June 30 - July 6, 2017


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