Film Screening: Obit.

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Aug. 20, 2017, 07:00 am

2155 Center Street
PHONE 510-642-0365

It’s no surprise that the small team of journalists on the obituaries desk at the New York Times are a thoughtful group and make for excellent subjects in this witty and illuminating documentary. Filmmaker Vanessa Gould conceived of the subject for Obit. after being interviewed by a staff writer at the Times following the death of a friend. Her film sheds light on how deaths are covered by the paper of record, and on the nature of writing and celebrating human achievement. “Teems with colorful anecdotes. . . . It effuses an obit writer’s intellectual curiosity and itch for a good story”(Soheil Rezayazdi, Filmmaker Magazine).

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