Reel Time Film Screening: Obit

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Reel Time Film Screening, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Still from Obit. A glimpse into an old folder in the New York Times morgue. Photo by Ben Wolf.

Still from Obit (2016). A glimpse into an old folder in the New York Times morgue. Photo by Ben Wolf. Directed by Vanessa Gould.

Reel Time features some of the best films from the Toronto International Film Festival. The Winter series brings alternative cinema to the Bow Valley.

An inside look at life on The New York Times obituaries desk. Every morning, a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times deposits the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory – each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. It’s amazing what goes on in the obits. There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism. Documentary storytelling in print. First drafts of contemporary history. Mirrors of life’s great variety, humor and pathos. Neatly framed vignettes of worlds that will vanish along with their notable stars. OBIT is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries, via the legendary obit desk at The Times. 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? 

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Reel Time Film Screenings:
November 13 - Obit
December 4 - Novitiate
January 8 - The Other Side of Hope

Banff Centre and Walter Phillips Gallery gratefully acknowledges our partnership with Film Circuit, presented by TIFF, and its sponsors and supporters. For more information about Film Circuit and to view a full list of their sponsors and supporters, please visit