Students at the University of Pittsburgh have created a documentary, George Romero & Pittsburgh: The Early Years, which will debut at a virtual event at 7 PM on Thursday, February 4th. The premiere of the film will coincide with the acclaimed filmmaker’s birthday, who was born on the same day in 1940 in the Bronx, NY.
“We hope this is the beginning of a reappreciation of George Romero beyond just being a zombie filmmaker. He was so much more than that,” said Carl Kurlander, a senior lecturer in film and media studies at Pitt. “People are now seeing horror as an expression of social meaning and social genre.”
Known as the “Godfather of the Zombie film”, Romero is nothing short of horror royalty. He introduced horror fans to a nightmarish zombie apocalypse in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. He would expand upon that universe creating Dawn of the Dead in 1978 and Day of the Dead in 1985. In 2016, less than a year before his death, Romero attended CT HorrorFest and spoke to Larry Dwyer at length about zombies, Stephen King and more.
A panel discussion will follow the documentary, hosted by Lori Cardille, talking about new revelations uncovered by these student filmmakers including previously unknown connections between Romero and Pitt.
Fans can register for the event here. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for all things George Romero.