Romero Lives 2018!
In its inaugural year, Romero Lives hosted more than 40 George A. Romero and horror-themed events throughout the city of Pittsburgh and beyond. Each year, the planning committee will chronicle the efforts from our partners by archiving images and event descriptions.
Romero Lives 2018 Events Archive
August 7, 2018
Romero Lives! is officially underway! On August 7, the Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program and George A. Romero’s Filmmaking Program presented the first official event in the Romero Lives! celebration. Special guest judges, Tom Savini, Suz Romero, and Robert Tinnell were on hand to determine who made the best zombie in this year’s ode to the 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead.
September 11, 2018
On September 11, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership teamed up with the ScareHouse and Pittsburgh Filmmakers to put on the unique shindig that included music, zombies, and memories of George A. Romero. Read more and see the photos here: https://www.wpxi.com/entertainment/see-and-be-seen/zombies-invade-pittsburgh-for-night-of-the-living-dead-tribute/831765827
April 1, 2018
Art historian Maria Loh will participate in a panel discussion as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center, joined by Adam Hart (Film Studies) and Adam Lowenstein (Film Studies) .
February 28, 2019
How can the vocabulary of the horror genre—expressed across the arts—speak about blackness and black experience? The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center, and Romero Lives! present an evening of performance, film, poetry, and discussion about the relationship between blackness and the horror genre, convened as part of Romero Lives!, the year-long celebration of Pittsburgh filmmaker George A. Romero’s life and legacy on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his landmark horror film, Night of the Living Dead.
Night was a milestone not just for horror, but for the representation of black characters in genre film, and it has been a touchstone for black filmmakers, writers, and artists for the past 50 years. Our four panelists will present their own work in dialogue with Night and the larger horror genre, and will discuss issues of race, queerness, and horror.
Poet Simone White
Composer/Performance Artist M. Lamar
Writer/Director Zandashé Brown
Founder, Graveyard Shift Sisters/Producer of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror Ashlee Blackwell
February 13, 2019
Clarke, the acclaimed Irish director who works in the tradition of socially conscious horror and women’s cinema pioneered by Romero, will present her debut featureThe Devil’s Doorway and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.
November 2, 2018
The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival will screen a new, award-winning international horror film in the spirit of George A. Romero at his alma mater, CMU! Keep an eye out for the announcement of this legacy-bearing film on our website. $5 for seniors/students and $10 general.
October 31, 2018
Tolin FX is proud to be a part of Pittsburgh’s citywide celebration of the life and work of our local hero, legendary and visionary filmmaker George A. Romero.
For our part, Tolin FX is going to throw a Halloween block party at Tolin FX in honor of the horror icon, in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Our Halloween party will start with candy for the trick or treaters at 6pm on October 31st, 2018.
Trick or Treat lasts until 8pm, and ends with a Halloween parade down Broadway in Beechview. So at 8pm Tolin FX will have a float of horrors drawn by our 20′ box truck, riding down Broadway at the same time as the Food Trucks start serving food on Coast Ave and After Dark Activities commence. They will include 6 bouts of professional wrestling, fire jugglers, magicians, music, food, drink, and lots of other cool Halloween activities.
October 31, 2018
Point Park University will be hosting its second annual Halloween event, The Decomposium, Wednesday, October 31st, from 2:00-5:00 at Point Park’s Center for Media Innovation (305 Wood St., Pittsburgh). The event will showcase scholarly and performative presentations from students, faculty, and staff, and will be keynoted by Steve Tolin of Tolin FX who will discuss his career as a special effects/makeup artist, including his work on George A. Romero’s Deadtime Stories. Tolin’s presentation will kick off the event at 2:00.
October 28, 2018
Watch Rick Sebak’s rarely seen special, George Romero & the City of the Living Dead on WQED TV! Sponsored by WQED.
October 27, 2018
October 26, 2018
Join Knights of the Arcade for a special undead adventure. They're coming to get you, Barbarian! Knights is a live Dungeons & Dragons game played on stage by comedians, improvisers, and tried-and-true geeks. Every month, they embark on an epic quest built entirely from audience suggestions.
Think you know zombies? Think again. Join the History Center for a night . . . of the living dead. Dive into Pittsburgh’s zombie connections, hear all about the Smithsonian’s work to collect zombie history, meet icons of the local zombie film tradition, grab a zombie cocktail, and walk away with a (fake) zombie bite.
Smithsonian curator Eric Jentsch will discuss zombies in pop culture, including the National Museum of American History’s recent work with AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Hear from cast and crew members who worked with Pittsburgh history maker George Romero including Lori Cardille, Greg Nicotero, and Tony Buba.
Enjoy a complimentary zombie-themed cocktail courtesy of Wigle Whiskey.
Walk away with your very own zombie bite wound, courtesy of the Douglas Education Center’s Special Effects Makeup Program.
Make your own zombie movie poster.
Zombie garb and Halloween costumes encouraged! Prize awarded to the most creative or ghoulish costume of the night!
October 26, 2018
Mmmm…BRAINS!!! Lose your mind at Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Haunted Museum… After Dark: Year of the Zombie! Watch brain dissection and learn about the nutritional value of brains. Come dressed in costume ready to explore the real-life zombies of the natural world. Take part in our adult trick-or-treat by traveling around the museum and searching for spooky good prizes. Watch the 1968 classic zombie flick Night of the Living Dead on our big screen. Loosen up those stiff joints to music provided by Pittsburgh Vibes Unlimited and meet local experts in all things creepy!
October 26, 2018 at 6pm
October 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
A distinguished panel will convene to discuss their memories of George A. Romero, and his legacies for the cinema, the horror genre, the city of Pittsburgh, and the lives of his friends, family, and collaborators. Guests include Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Tina Romero, special effects artist, producer, and director Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow 2, Monkey Shines), actress Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead), actor Terry Alexander (Day of the Dead) actress Gaylen Ross (Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow), actor/director/composer John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Diary of the Dead), producer/sound engineer Gary Streiner (Night of the Living Dead), actor/producer Russell Streiner (Night of the Living Dead), director/sound recordist Tony Buba (Dawn of the Dead, Martin, Day of the Dead), and authors Daniel Kraus (The Living Dead – forthcoming, co-authored by Romero) and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies).
Admission is Free!
Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center & the Carnegie Museum of Art.
October 18 at 12:30pm
Visiting Fellow: Noël Carroll (CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy)with responses from Adam Lowenstein (Film Studies) and Adam Hart (Film Studies)
October 13 at 10pm
Host Minette Seate interviews special guests Suzanne Desrocher Romero, Gloria Forouzan and Lori Cardille on the city-wide Romero Lives celebration.
Sponsored by WQED
October 13 - November 3, 2018
Creep through a tribute to filmmaker George A. Romero as the glasshouse’s winding Serpentine Room is transformed into a Night of the Living Dead experience filled with spooky plants, bats, tombstones, a zombie photo op and photos of George with the legendary corpse flower at Phipps named in his honor.
October 12 at 7pm
Explore the science of the dead at Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ Night Romero Lives with interactive demonstrations and ghoulish activities. Enjoy cash bars, live music, and free reign in four floors of exhibits. For a special treat, check out Creepshow playing in The Rangos Giant Cinema.
October 7 at 6pm
It's a film competition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead! With the 2017 passing of this legendary independent filmmaker, Pittsburgh is celebrating his legacy with a month-long collection of screenings and fun events in October 2018 (more info at www.romerolives.org. ROMERO of TOMORROW SHORT HORROR FILM Contest is one of the kickoff events, with a screening of the best submissions at the Melwood Screening Room.
Tintamarre, by PF/PCA's Girls Remake Horror Camp
Zombie Woman, by Kevin Hejna
Apollo Welcomes You, by Sean Darby
Under the Sheet, by Greg Vogt
A Cry for Help, by Tyler Sandy
Golden Mile Highway, by Ryan Lucht
Corpus, by Ana Armangod
The Hermit, by Nate Schrader
“Happy New Year”, by Jason Sealy
Plastic Hip, by Bradford Uyeda
For a full event recap, visit: https://www.georgearomerofoundation.org/50th-anniversary-screening
October 6, 2018 at 7pm
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is returning to the place where it all began, with a new 4K state-of-the-art restoration, created by the Museum of Modern Art from the original camera negative. This restoration was supervised by George himself. Though it started as a low-budget horror flick, made far outside the Hollywood system, “Night of the Living Dead” is now considered one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and is credited as the beginning of the modern horror movie genre. There will be a live presentation by the Cast and Crew before the screening. The re-premiere is presented by the George A. Romero Foundation and Image Ten.
7:00 PM Doors Open with Red Carpet. Show starts at 8:00 PM, film screens at 9:30 PM.
October 6, 2018 at 10am
The Symposium will feature conversations about the work of Romero and his immense impact on the horror genre, on the cinema, and on popular culture. This symposium will examine Romero’s achievements in a series of panel discussions featuring distinguished filmmakers and scholars in conversation with each other, and with the audience. Panelists include the Guggenheim award-winning film and video artist Peggy Ahwesh, screenwriter and director Adam Simon (The American Nightmare, Salem [WGN, 2013-2017], and scholars Tom Gunning (University of Chicago, recipient of the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and author of such books as The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity), Joan Hawkins (Indiana University, author of Cutting Edge: Art-Horror and the Horrific Avant Garde), and Isabel Cristina Pinedo (Hunter College, author of Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing). The symposium will also include a screening of Simon’s documentary The American Nightmare (2000), an exploration of the radical horror cinema of the 1970s. (10AM-5pm),
October 5, 2018 - 6:30-10pm
In conjunction with the Romero Lives: Pittsburgh Celebrates George A. Romero city-wide tribute, we present a screening of George A. Romero’s Season of the Witch. Billed as Romero’s “feminist film,” Season of the Witch stars Joan Mitchell as an unhappy, suburban housewife. Frustrated by her home life, with an uncommunicative businessman husband and a distant 19-year-old daughter, Joan seeks solace in witchcraft after visiting Marion Hamilton, a local tarot reader and leader of a secret black arts wicca set. After dabbling in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world and sinks deeper and deeper into a new lifestyle where fantasy and reality are blurred. Eventually, tragedy results. Following the screening, filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh, (b. 1954), a prolific filmmaker and video artist based in New York, will discuss her practice and the influence and legacy of George A. Romero with the University of Pittsburgh’s Ben Ogrodnik. This event is organized by Jessica Beck, Adam Lowenstein, and Ben Ogrodnik.
Co-presented by the Warhol Museum and the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center.
The screening is FREE but guests are encouraged to Register.
October 5, 2018, 2-4pm
Presented by the Montréal Monstrum Society
Following the critical retrospective published in this year’s inaugural issue of MONSTRUM, the journal’s editors, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Kristopher Woofter will discuss the career of George A. Romero through a survey of his sixteen feature films. With reference to clips from films such as Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, Martin, Knightriders, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, this presentation honours a visionary who changed the face of horror. And, perhaps more importantly, it hopes to encourage further interest in the challenging work of an important American filmmaker whose acute political vision was transmitted through the transgressive power of monsters to reveal uncomfortable truths about our world.
Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, PhD, teaches courses in genre cinema, grotesque traditions, and monster ethics in the Humanities department at John Abbott College in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Kristopher Woofter, PhD, teaches courses in the American Gothic, the Weird tradition, and horror in literature, cinema, and television in the English department at Dawson College in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Saturday, October 6, 20188:30 AM - Sunday, October 7, 201812:00 PM
A writer’s retreat, Night of the Living Dead celebration, and your destination vacation in one epic weekend!
Are you struggling to get your post-apocalyptic stories in front of readers? Do your zombies lack bite? Have you dreamed of building a zombie universe with other authors and writing stories in that shared world? We’ve got the solution to your problem…
You’ll gather with other authors in the Row House Cinema and learn how to plan a blockbuster series from two guys who have done it. You’ll get private, guided practice on the art of collaboration including the secret to avoiding the most common mistakes new collaborators make. Throughout the weekend, you’ll meet other authors and editors who also want to build a successful author platform and you’ll attend intimate workshops that will show you exactly how to do it.
Visit: https://theauthorcopilot.com/nightofthewritingdead/ for pricing and registration information.
October 5-7, 2018
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the film classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in the place it was filmed with the people who made it. A weekend long town festival and reunion of fans and the creators, from the lead actors to your favorite ghouls, to the people behind the scenes. Tours, Panels, Photo Ops, & Parties!
For more information, visit: http://www.thelivingdeadweekend.com/living-dead-weekend-evans-city/
October 3 - November 3, 2018
This Halloween season Downtown Pittsburgh welcomes Zombie Den: Bar of the Living Dead, a unique pop-up bar that marks the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” and the zombie pop culture it inspired.
To create Zombie Den, ScareHouse teamed up with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and The Original Oyster House, as well as restaurant experts Michael McCoy and Brian Laing.
The bar will open Oct. 3 in The Original Oyster House in Market Square. Patrons can take part in the apocalyptic experience from 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays through Sundays until Nov. 3.
October 1 – 15, 2018 at 9 p.m. EST ‘Pittsburgh time’
Romero Lives!, all the way across the globe in Sydney, Australia! Tune in online & send producer Iain Wilson your Romero-related music requests during the Halloween Listening Party.
Iain designed this year’s Listening Party to tie in with celebrations currently taking place in Pittsburgh to honor Romero's legacy. Iain will be replaying his 2017 Romero documentary, and spinning music from his films.
October 1, 2018
Join us at 10:30am on Monday, October 1 for the opening press conference to honor George A. Romero’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Night of the Living Dead. Mayor Peduto and the Romero Lives! partnering organizations will be in attendance.
Everyone is welcome to attend!
Sixth Street, in front of the Byham Theater
(Sixth Street, between Penn Ave. & Ft. Duquesne, will be closed to traffic)