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.
“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.”