Faces of Romero - IFF International Horror Series
Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Faces of Romero - IFF International Horror Series

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Friday, Nov 2 @ 6:30PM

McConomy Auditorium, CMU

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.

https://www.cmu.edu/faces/

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George A. Romero Keynote Event
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

George A. Romero Keynote Event

A distinguished panel will convene to discuss their memories of George A. Romero, 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 George A. Romero), Christine Romero, and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies).

Admission is free!

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50th Anniversary Screening of Night of the Living Dead
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

50th Anniversary Screening of Night of the Living Dead

A Black Tie Evening to 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, Inc.

7:00 pm: Doors open with red carpet. Show starts at 8:00 pm and film screens at 9:30 pm. The run time is 96 minutes.

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://trustarts.org/production/61128/night-of-the-living-dead

Black tie attire is suggested.

Sponsorships for this event are available! Click here to learn more!

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Symposium on the Cinema of George A. Romero
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Symposium on the Cinema of George A. Romero

The symposium will feature conversations about the work of George A. Romero and his immense impact on the horror genre, on cinema, and on popular culture. This symposium will examine George’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), 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 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 (10:00 am–5:00 pm).

Admission is free!

Part of The Legacies of George A. Romero: Genre, Politics, and Independent Film series

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Artist Peggy Ahwesh presents Season of the Witch, Romero’s “feminist film.”
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Peggy Ahwesh presents Season of the Witch, Romero’s “feminist film.”

In conjunction with the city-wide tribute, Romero Lives!,  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, with tragic results. Following the screening, filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh, a prolific filmmaker and video artist based in New York, will discuss 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 with the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center.

The screening is free, but guests are encouraged to register.

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A Presentation of the Montréal Monstrum Society on George A. Romero’s Career
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

A Presentation of the Montréal Monstrum Society on George A. Romero’s Career

An Empire of the Dead: A History of George A. Romero

 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 16 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 honors a visionary who changed the face of horror. 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.

Admission is FREE!

A part of the series: “The Legacies of George A. Romero: Genre, Politics, and Independent Film"

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Living Dead Weekend
Oct
5
to Oct 7

Living Dead Weekend

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. Enjoy 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. Events include tours, panels, photo ops, and parties!

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Romero Lives! Press Conference
Oct
1
10:30 AM10:30

Romero Lives! Press Conference

Join us at 10:30 am on October 1, 2018 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. Pittsburgh’s Mayor Peduto and the Romero Lives! partnering organizations will be in attendance.

Everyone is welcome! 

Sixth Street, in front of the Byham Theater
(Please note that Sixth Street, between Penn Ave. and Ft. Duquesne, will be closed to traffic)

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No More Room in Hell: A Half-Century of Undead Media
Sep
28
to Sep 29

No More Room in Hell: A Half-Century of Undead Media

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Two-day conference featuring graduate work from around the country. Includes a screening of international short films inspired by Romero’s work (September 28 evening) and a keynote address delivered by Sarah Juliet Lauro (September 29 evening), editor of Zombie Theory. 

This conference will take the following questions as its foundation: how has the concept of “zombie,” “dead,” “living dead,” or “undead” developed and changed, in textual analysis and theoretical exchange, over the last fifty years? What do we mean when we talk about the “living dead”? Why is the undead such an important and oft-chosen vehicle for social or political critique, and what metaphors or themes does it tend to concretize? How has the zombie “epidemic” developed and spread across national boundaries, different media forms, and generic cycles? 
www.fsgso.pitt.edu/conference/undead/

A general outline of the conference is as follows:

Friday, September 28, conference panels from 10am-5pm, Cathedral of Learning 501.

Evening event 1: A Conversation With Monika Estrella Negra, 6:30pm, Cathedral of Learning 232.

Evening event 2: Inspired By Romero: A Short Film Block, 7pm, Cathedral of Learning 232.

Saturday, September 29, conference panels from 10am-5pm

Evening event: Keynote address, Sarah Juliet Lauro (University of Tampa), "A Timeline of the Living Dead: From the Haitian Zombie to Jordan Peele's Get Out," 6pm, Cathedral of Learning 602.

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