“Obit.” Jounalism on Screen

    December 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716




    See the acclaimed documentary Obit., followed by an onstage discussion with New York Times obituary writer, and one of the film’s subjects, Bruce Weber!
    “Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

    This delightfully entertaining documentary takes us behind the scenes in the fascinating world of The New York Times obituary section, where a handful of dedicated writers craft stories celebrating remarkable lives with in-depth historical research and rigorous fact checking, all on a tight deadline, each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics and football scores. The Times team approaches their work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair, giving uncommon insights into the passage of generations, the astonishing cycle of life, the ebb and flow of time, and culture as it appears to accelerate and vanish at the same time. Their stories hold a mirror to life’s great variety, humor and pathos. Obit., the first documentary to explore the world of these remarkable writers and their subjects, goes beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death, and 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? (Dir. by Vanessa Gould, 2016, USA, 93 mins., Not Rated)

    Bruce Weber, a reporter and obituary writer for The New York Times, began his career in publishing as a fiction editor at Esquire. He has written for numerous publications and is a New York Times bestselling author.   His books include Life is a Wheel: Memoirs of a Bike-Riding Obituarist, As They See ’Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires, and Savion! My Life in Tap (co-written with Savion Glover).”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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