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

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?

"Engaging and lively."

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

PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1496376000June 2 - June 8, 2017
Mendocino Film Festival Mendocino 1496289600June 1 - June 4, 2017
Landmark Chez Artiste Denver 1495771200May 26 - June 1, 2017
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Music Box Theatre Chicago 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
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 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 2, 2017
Palm Springs International Film Festival 1483592400January 5 - January 16, 2017


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