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Directed by Vanessa Gould

United States 2016 93 mins. In English

Who makes it on the obituary page of the paper of record? Both a peek into the inner workings of a familiar but misunderstood journalistic realm and a thoughtful meditation on memory and mortality, Obit delves into the world of obituary writing by following several writers for the obituaries section of the New York Times. With sometimes just hours remaining before deadline, a life must be condensed into a handful of pithy paragraphs. No pressure. “Death, the great haunter, hovers at the foot of this film, but is examined in a way that is surprisingly inspirational, uplifting, and often hilarious.”—The Upcoming.

Sponsored by Willamette Week and SundanceNow

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The New York Times

Interviews: Interview with Vanessa Gould and Margalit Fox at Jezebel

Filmography: Between the Folds (2008)



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.