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