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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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