Obit

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World Premiere

USA | 96 MINUTES

OBIT

Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
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.

—Liza Domnitz

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Vanessa Gould

Vanessa Gould is a filmmaker, editor and camera operator in Brooklyn. Her first film, Between the Folds, premiered on PBS’s Independent Lens and continues to be broadcast in numerous languages around the world. It received a Peabody Award in 2010. The death of one of its subjects led to Obit.
Director
Vanessa Gould
Producer
Caitlin Mae Burke, Vanessa Gould
Editor
Kristin Bye
Associate Producer
Josh Wick
Cinematographer
Ben Wolf
Executive Producer
Pamela Tanner Boll, Geralyn Dreyfous
Composer
Joel Goodman
Consulting Producer
Kenn Rabin
Cast
Bruce Weber, William McDonald, Margalit Fox, Jeff Roth, William Grimes, Jack Kadden, Daniel Slotnik, Paul Vitello, Douglas Martin

CONTACTS

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