Director: Vanessa Gould; USA, 2016; 93 min.
A spirited, humorous and entertaining portrait of obituary writers at the New York Times, Obit is never as sober or staid at its subject suggests. As one of its leading scribes notes, “Obits have nothing to do with death and everything to do with life.” Teeming with colorful anecdotes, about how to capture the lives of the famous and noteworthy in a few columns, the film is an exuberant mix of interviews with the crack journalists at the obit desk and eye-catching splashes of archival footage that give color and texture to their subjects. Called ”engaging and lively” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “the perfect documentary with morbid wit and fearless curiosity” (The Upcoming), Obit is a smart and savvy celebration of human achievements and the storytellers who sum them up with flair and precision. Courtesy of Kino Lorber.
Sunday, April 2nd @ 4 P.M.
Screening followed by Q&A with Director Vanessa Gould and former New York Times obituary writer Bruce Weber
Davis Theater - 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625