• Obit.

    Directed by Vanessa Gould
    U.S. | 96 minutes | True Stories

  • Obit.

    Directed by Vanessa Gould
    U.S. | 96 minutes | True Stories

  • Obit.

    Directed by Vanessa Gould
    U.S. | 96 minutes | True Stories

  • Obit.

    Directed by Vanessa Gould
    U.S. | 96 minutes | True Stories

A fascinating behind-the-scenes portrait of the The New York Times obituary writers, the team that brings us death every day in 500 to 1,000 words. Contrary to what you might expect, this is quirky, touching, surprisingly funny and ultimately life-affirming.

Schedule

January 11, 2017 8:30 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
January 13, 2017 1:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
January 15, 2017 10:30 AM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available

film synopsis

A fascinating inside look at the New York Times' obituary section, Obit. is one of the least morbid movies you can imagine. At its core is a group of reporters and editors far less interested in the circumstances of a person's death than in that person's life. Among the questions facing these writers every day is how can someone be captured in 500 or 1,000 words, and what does a person's life, no matter how short or long, how famous or obscure, mean to those of us left behind? Who "deserves" to have his or her obituary on the front page and who doesn't make the cut? Such questions are, well, life and death ones for this crew.

Flawlessly directed by Vanessa Gould, fluidly edited by Kristin Bye, and expertly scored by Joel Goodman, Obit. is a beautifully composed piece in its own right. Its insightful, funny and relatable cast of characters fill in the story. Who knew an existential journey inside the obituary pages would be so life affirming?

film details

Country: U.S.
Year: 2016
Running Time: 96 minutes
Language: English
Director: Vanessa Gould
Producers: Caitlin Mae Burke, Vanessa Gould
Principal Cast: Bruce Weber, William McDonald, Margalit Fox, Jeff Roth, William Grimes
Cinematographers: Ben Wolf
Editor: Kristin Bye
Music: Joel Goodman
US Distributor: Kino Lorber
International Sales Company: Cinetic

guests in attendance

Vanessa Gould – Director (January 13 & 15 only)

William McDonald – Cast (January 13 & 15 only)

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