The Romero Lives Film Series presents:
A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master George A. Romero
Presented in partnership with the PCA&M Theater Exhibition
When George A. Romero passed away in 2017, he was remembered by fans around the world as one of the inventors of modern horror, the creator of beloved, hugely influential genre masterpieces like Night of the Living Dead and Creepshow, but to Pittsburgh, he was something more. Romero moved here from the Bronx in 1957 to attend what was then known as Carnegie Tech where he slowly drifted towards theater, and then to film, founding a Pittsburgh production house with a handful of friends called The Latent Image in 1963. The young filmmakers made commercials and industrial films, shorts for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and any other paying gig they could find, but their plans were much, much bigger. Romero and his collaborators wanted to make feature films, movies that would play in cinemas around the country and the world – a truly improbable dream they would realize with Romero’s first feature, the epochal Night of the Living Dead. But more than that, they wanted to establish Pittsburgh as a viable home for film production. Romero’s affection for Pittsburgh kept him here, making movies, for the next forty years, turning down the glitz, glamour, and financial support of Hollywood so that he could live and work in the city he loved. He brought some big stars to the city for his movies, but he also nurtured and mentored local talent, giving some of Pittsburgh’s most talented film artists a global audience. In the process, they established Pittsburgh as one of the world’s premiere centers for horror movies.
This series celebrates Romero and his connection to the Steel City, covering the full scope of his career from the earliest commercials and short films to his world-shaking zombie films to underseen cult classics. Many screenings will be introduced by Romero’s collaborators, friends, and family, making every film a can’t-miss event. But there are two truly once-in-a-lifetime centerpieces for this series. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Regent Square Theater will be presenting the WORLD PREMIERE of a long-lost Romero film, The Amusement Park. And on Sunday, Oct. 20, Steelers legend Franco Harris will appear for a screening and discussion of his lifelong friendship with Romero, and the projects they worked on together. All screenings will take place at the Regent Square Theater at 1035 S. Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15218.
The GARF would like to give a very special thanks to our friends at Cineburgh for their partnership in the promotional efforts for the Romero Lives Film Series.