Interviews and Media Coverage
From directing the cult classic film, Night of the Living Dead, to writing the acclaimed book, The Little World of Humongo Bongo, George participated in hundreds of interviews throughout his career. Members of the GARF team have been combing through electronic and print media to collect as many of George’s interviews as possible. As the GARF obtains permission to share the interviews, they will be posted on the site. The GARF will also post reflections from many of the GARF’s team and media coverage from its events and activities. Enjoy!
Pittsburgh Embraces a Renegade Filmmaker
Steel City already has two famous artistic sons, Andy Warhol and August Wilson, who attract tourists. Will Pittsburgh’s celebration of the horror movie director George A. Romero do the same?
In celebrating the life of legendary director George A. Romero, family, friends and fans gathered to honor his unprecedented contributions to the horror genre on the 50th anniversary of his work on Pittsburgh’s first feature film, Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Judy O’Dea and Russ Streiner stop by to talk about a 50th anniversary celebration for “Night of the Living Dead.”
Seminal horror filmmaker George Romero passed away last summer, but the impact he has had on the genre will last forever. Not only are his influences seen in countless storytellers he inspired, but his wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, confirmed that he left behind nearly 50 scripts that could one day be developed into films.
The “Night of the Living Dead” 50th anniversary celebration will be more than a milestone recognizing a groundbreaking independent horror film that had its roots in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh is set to honor the father of modern American zombie films outside the theater where his “Night of the Living Dead” premiered 50 years ago.
PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER
In 1968, Night of the Living Dead made its world premiere at the Fulton Theater and put Pittsburgh on the film industry map. As the city prepares to celebrate Night’s 50th anniversary with a special screening and other events, City Paper spoke with three central cast and crew members about how they went from making commercials and industrial films for their small production company, Latent Image, to making one of the most influential horror films of all time.
The zombie subgenre often allows filmmakers to explore social issues in ways other horror films can't, with some audiences pointing towards George Romero's Night of the Living Dead as a defining example of addressing racism through its tale of the dead coming back to life. The filmmaker regularly refuted the idea that he was attempting to address social issues, with member of the crew Gary Streiner confirming the commentary on race was an unintentional result of the film.