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Directed by Vanessa Gould. 2016. USA. Color.

"Fascinating and surprisingly funny."
- Rex Reed, Observer

Every morning, a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times deposits the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory - each life's story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. It's amazing what goes on in the obits.

There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism. Documentary storytelling in print.

Obit. is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries, via the legendary obit desk at The Times. 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?

"A more lighthearted film on such a seemingly dark subject is hard to imagine."
- Mitchell Abidor, Jewish Currents

"Engaging and lively. An enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at one of journalism's odder jobs."
- John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

"A must-see. Breathes new life into the obituary."
-Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun