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Restore the Amusement Park

The GARF's is currently restoring an early George A. Romero film entitled The Amusement Park. This is the first in what the GARF hopes will be a culture of preservation and restoration of the works of independent filmmakers in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. Initial estimates indicate that the restoration of The Amusement Park will require roughly $50,000.

Although not a horror film in the traditional sense, this recruitment film is disturbing in its depiction of societal indifference to aging. Even though it’s early in his career, it’s a fascinating look at the footprint of Romero’s cinematic style.

Suzanne Desrocher-Romero

George Romero’s 'Amusement Park’  fulfills it’s goal to alert any audience to the many trials and challenges of growing older. Increasing life-expectancy, fostered by the growth of science and technology, has also increased national debt and made the term ‘unsustainable,’ a frightening description of both Social Security and Medicare. After forty-five years, the film creatively challenges us all to preserve a brighter future.

Walton Cook, Writer of The Amusement Park

Restoration Phase 2

IndieCollect has been working hard to restore The Amusement Park. The GARF is delighted that thanks to your donations, we have raised roughly half of what we need to complete the project. We hope that the film will be ready by the end of the summer for a premier this fall and subsequent series of screenings throughout the United States. In the meantime, please continue to spread the word, donate to the project, and enjoy some of the goodies that we’ve uncovered during the restoration and archiving process.

 
 

Production stills from the filming of The Amusement Park.

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Original brochure for The Amusement Park

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Restoration Phase 1 (October 2018 - February 2019)

The GARF has chosen IndieCollect to restore The Amusement Park. Sandra Schulberg and members of her talented team are already hard at work. The GARF and IndieCollect plan to showcase a teaser for the film at the upcoming Brooklyn Academy of Music retrospective, Living with the Dead: The Films of George A. Romero.

Anne-Marie Desjardins conducts scanning lesson for Anastasia Cipolla and Claire Fox

Anne-Marie Desjardins conducts scanning lesson for Anastasia Cipolla and Claire Fox

Anne-Marie Desjardin and Claire Fox Inspecting  The Amusement Park

Anne-Marie Desjardin and Claire Fox Inspecting The Amusement Park

Colorist Anastasia Cipolla

Colorist Anastasia Cipolla