Free screening for all Annual Members + 1. Rush tickets will be available for $10 right before show time, based on availability.
Obit. gives a first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the New York Times obituary writers, as they deposit the details of a handful of extraordinary lives into the cultural memory — each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. It focuses on a small team of writers who approach their 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? The writers de-emphasize the death, and tell stories of lives lived in extraordinary ways, often below the radar. With this comes uncommon insights – insights only the rare obituary writer could have – into the passage of generations, the astonishing cycle of life, the ebb and flow of time, and culture as it appears to accelerate and vanish at the same time. (2016, Vanessa Gould, US, 93min, NR)
“Gould’s camera hovers as reporters research, call relatives and pitch pieces to editors. She mixes the fly-on-the-wall work with abnormally eloquent interviews — these are Times writers, after all — and splashes of archival footage to take us outside the cubicles. The film celebrates human achievement and human strangeness. It effuses an obit writer’s intellectual curiosity and itch for a good story.” – Soheil Rezayazdi, Filmmaker.