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At a time when the free press is under threat, OBIT. takes a rare look inside one of the United States’ foremost journalistic institutions, The New York Times. The steadfast writers of the paper's Obituaries section approach their work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair, each day depositing the details of a handful of extraordinary lives into the cultural memory. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling the recently deceased, OBIT. is ultimately a celebration of life that conveys the central role journalism plays in capturing and reporting vital pieces of our history.
"A remarkably good film about the craft of writing. I was amazed and often delighted by Obit."
"Fascinating and surprisingly funny.”
“Brisk, affectionate. The film becomes elating as [the writers] master their own existential quandaries in the race to file copy by 6 p.m."
"A more lighthearted film on such a seemingly dark subject is hard to imagine.”
"Inspirational, uplifting and often hilarious. Gould has crafted the perfect documentary."
"One of the few great films I've seen about writing."
"Engaging and lively. Those writers make for fun company."