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Kino Lorber brings “Obit.” to U.S. market

New York-headquartered distributor Kino Lorber has acquired the U.S. rights to Vanessa Gould‘s acclaimed film Obit. The doc, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, provides an exclusive look into the ...
November 3, 2016

New York-headquartered distributor Kino Lorber has acquired the U.S. rights to Vanessa Gould‘s acclaimed film Obit.

The doc, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, provides an exclusive look into the obituary writers working at The New York Times who, under constant deadline, navigate fact and fiction to craft stories of unusual and notable lives.

In the film are obits editor William McDonald and staff writers Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox, William Grimes, Douglas Martin and Paul Vitello, as well as full-time attendant Jeff Roth. Following its world premiere, Obit went on to screen at Toronto’s Hot Docs and Washington, DC’s AFI Docs festival.

The film is slated for a theatrical premiere at New York’s Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on April 26, 2017 before expanding nationwide.

The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber and theatrical senior VP Wendy Lidell and Cinetic’s Linzee Troubh.

“It is not a film about death, but about life, and what constitutes a life well lived,” said Lidell in a statement. “It is surprising and inspirational, funny and seamlessly crafted.”

“The more editorial obits you read, the more you get pulled into the incredible daily storytelling by the NYTimes obit editors and writers,” added Gould. “Studying the lives of others has become a point of intense fascination and rumination for me as a filmmaker. I am extremely proud to partner with Kino Lorber to bring Obit. to U.S. audiences.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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