Feature | USA | 93 min


Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Documentary
Release Year:2016
Running Time:93 minutes
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Festival Awards:OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tribeca Int'l Film Festival
Hot Docs Int'l Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Bruce Weber
William McDonald
Margalit Fox |
Director:Vanessa Gould
Executive Producer:Pamela Tanner Boll
Geralyn White Dreyfous
Producer:Caitlin Mae Burke
Vanessa Gould
Co-Producer:Kenn Rabin
Josh Wick
Production Company:Green Fuse Films
Imperfect Films
Mystic Artists Films Productions
Topiary Productions
Cinematography:Ben Wolf
Editing By:Kristin Bye
Extra Search Properties
Date Search:November 12, 2016
Venue:Soundview - Port Washington
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Within the storied walls of The New York Times, a team of writers is entrusted with reflecting upon the lives of luminaries, icons, and world leaders of our day. Often hours before newspaper hits doorstep—and the world's eyes devour words marking the end of a momentous life--endless detail is gathered and impossible choices must be made. Vanessa Gould's fascinating documentary, Obit, introduces us to the unseen women and men responsible for crafting the unequaled obituaries of the NYT. As we're taken through their painstaking process of digging through years of accomplishments, we learn about the particular pressures that accompany a career spent trying to elegantly and respectfully shape the story of a life for an audience of millions. From notorious politicians and beloved musicians to unknown personalities who have advanced the worlds of science, literature, and sports, the obit writers are in the unique and often unenviable position of spotlighting individuals whose impact and influence is near impossible to measure.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tribeca Int'l Film Festival, Hot Docs Int'l Film Festival

Q&A with Director, Vanessa Gould