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Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 5:30 PM
How do you put a life into 500 words? Ask the staff obituary writers at The New York Times. OBIT is the first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the Times obit writers, as they chronicle life after death.
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General Admission Adult Evening - $9.00
General Admission Children (12 and younger) - $6.50
General Admission UI Student (with valid ID) - $6.50
General Admission Seniors (60+) - $6.50

 
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"Inspirational, uplifting and often hilarious. The perfect documentary." -The Upcoming

"Writing an evocative, compact, accurate obituary is an art, and Vanessa Gould's joyous documentary OBIT takes us on a tour of the joint where some of the best are written..." -Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine

"Unfailingly refreshing and engrossing. Obituary writing as practiced by the ace team at The New York Times could be the most imaginative and organic form of journalism in contemporary newspapers." -Michael Sragow, Film Comment

Every day, editorial obituary writers deposit the details of a handful of extraordinary lives into the cultural memory--each life's story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. OBIT is the first documentary to explore the world of these remarkable writers and their subjects, focusing on a small team at The New York Times who approach their work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair.

Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?