An entertaining inside look at the obituary writers of The New York Times. . . . Makes a strong case for the well-wrought obituary as something of an art form.

Kevin Lally, Film Journal International

Bruce Weber, William McDonald, Margalit Fox, William Grimes,

It’s no surprise that the small team of journalists on the obituaries desk at the New York Times are a thoughtful group and make for excellent subjects in this witty and illuminating documentary. Filmmaker Vanessa Gould conceived of the subject for Obit. after being interviewed by a staff writer at the Times following the death of a friend. Her film sheds light on how deaths are covered by the paper of record, and on the nature of writing and celebrating human achievement. “Teems with colorful anecdotes. . . . It effuses an obit writer’s intellectual curiosity and itch for a good story”(Soheil Rezayazdi, Filmmaker Magazine).

  • Ben Wolf
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 95 mins
  • Kino Lorber