Welcome to another Monday. Today’s Movie At Random is the 2016 documentary Obit. : an inside look at life on the New York Times obituaries desk (HU DVD 14789). Not as depressing as it sounds! Vanessa Gould won much praise with the origami documentary Between the Folds in 2008, and Obit was well regarded as well.
Here’s our summary:
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.
And here’s the trailer: