Obit.

Dir. Vanessa Gould | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2016 | 93 min.

SATURDAY, March 18, 2:30 PM - Chilmark School
ADDED SCREENING - SUNDAY, March 19, 9:15 AM - Chilmark School

 
 

How do you put a life into 500 words? This is the daunting task that the small staff of obituary writers at the New York Times faces everyday. From Peabody Award-winning director Vanessa Gould, this first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, triumphs, and existential angst of the Times obit writers offers quirky insight on what and who makes history, and how it is recorded. Not nearly as morbid as it might seem, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life and our impact on other people. It also reflects the changing nature of our culture—from white and male-dominated to one that is slowly making room for others.

 
 

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