Obit

Documentary, 93 minutes, NR

Weekend of June 2 | FRI 2 & 8:30 | SAT 4 | SUN 12 & 6

OBIT takes a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Times obituary team. The daily job of veteran journalists such as Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox and William Grime is to take a look at the lives of people who’ve just died, make a case for their impact and newsworthiness, and do them justice in 500 words – all in the seven hours before deadline.

It also gives us a look at newspaper practices of an almost bygone era. Google often doesn’t have information on minor events that took place fifty years earlier. So the obit writers use the old-school archives of musty clipping files and photos that only the most veteran reporters at most papers remember using.