Living Dead Weekend - Evans City
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Living Dead Weekend - Evans City

September 27-29, 2019

Celebrate Evans City's heritage in popular culture as the home of George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. It's a reunion and festival in the place it was filmed with the people who helped make it. This year we also celebrate Romero's 1973 film, THE CRAZIES, which is both filmed and set in Evans City, PA!

A fan convention like no other, celebrating the works of George A. Romero, Featuring a reunion of both the places the movies takes place and all of the people who made them, from the lead actors to your favorite screen zombies, to the people behind the scenes that made it all happen. It's all here in the form of a huge fan gathering, convention and town festival.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Night of the Living Dead
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Night of the Living Dead

October 11, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Night of the Living Dead

Romero Lives Film Series presents:
A Celebration of Pittsburgh's Horror Master George A. Romero

Where it all began… When Romero and his friends graduated from commercials and segments for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood to shooting Pittsburgh’s first feature film, none of them could have expected what their film would become. Shooting in and around Pittsburgh and Evans City, the film was known at various stages as “Night of the Flesh Eaters” and “Night of Anubis” before landing on the instantly iconic title “Night of the Living Dead.”

Night inaugurated a new era in horror movies, and a new era of filmmaking in Pittsburgh. The first modern zombie movie – though the movie never once uses the z-word – it was a landmark in the genre and one of the most influential independent films ever made. Gorgeously shot, scary as hell, gory, and armed with an utterly savage sense of social critique, the film was controversial but quickly became a sensation. Its reputation quickly grew, so that a film that was initially dismissed by more conservative critics as a cheapie grindhouse movie was being feted at the Museum of Modern Art a handful of years later. More than fifty years later, Night still carries a visceral charge, but Romero’s remarkable artistry, and the force of his social commentary have earned his film its status as an undisputed classic of American cinema.

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Romero Lives Film Series: The Crazies
Oct
11
9:00 PM21:00

Romero Lives Film Series: The Crazies

October 11, 2019, 9:00pm, Regent Square Theater
The Crazies
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

A military accident unleashes a manmade virus on Evans City, and it’s causing everyone in the town to become homicidal. A small group of locals try to make their way out to the countryside as the military descends on the town and enforces a quarantine. The government grows increasingly desperate to contain the threat, but chaos threatens to overtake the city, and the seemingly heroic locals attempting to escape might spread the virus beyond Western Pennsylvania. Dumped by its distributor, The Crazies was initially a failure at the box office. But the film slowly gained a cult following as it became available through home video releases. It’s now widely regarded as one of Romero’s most important early films, and a breathtakingly fierce entry in his ongoing project of using the horror genre to make pointed sociopolitical critiques: an innocent population victimized by a government too incompetent to fix its own messes. Co-starring horror icon Lynn Lowry (Shivers). “Perhaps the horror maestro’s most provocative evocation of his great theme: the collapse of social order.” -The Los Angeles Times

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Romero Lives Film Series: Day of the Dead (featuring appearances by Lori Cardille and John Amplas)
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Day of the Dead (featuring appearances by Lori Cardille and John Amplas)

October 12, 2019, 6:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Day of the Dead
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

Introduced by actors Lori Cardille and John Amplas.

Originally conceived of as “the Gone with the Wind of zombie films,” Day concludes Romero’s original zombie saga after the world has been ceded to the undead. What might be humanity’s last hope has holed up in a military bunker while masses of zombies wander the world above them. Isolated deep underground, the survivors grow increasingly brutal and cruel, leaving the more humane among them to wonder whether humanity deserves to be saved. Perhaps Romero’s harshest vision, Day has become a favorite of Dead devotees and horror aficionados. Featuring some of horror cinema’s most spectacular special make-up effects by legendary artists (and native Pittsburghers!) Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Amusement Park Premiere (featuring an appearance by Suzanne Romero)
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Amusement Park Premiere (featuring an appearance by Suzanne Romero)

October 12, 2019, 8:00pm, Regent Square Theater
World Premier of the 4K restoration of The Amusement Park

The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

A long-lost Romero film gets its official premiere 46 years after its completion! Unseen for decades, the Regent Square Theater’s audiences will get the first opportunities to see the newly restored film. Sponsored by the Lutheran Services, The Amusement Park was commissioned as a film intended to inform viewers about the need to care for the elderly. Romero, however, conceived of what was perhaps his wildest, most imaginative movie: an allegory about the nightmarish realities of aging in a world without an adequate social safety net. Starring Martin’s Lincoln Maazel, an elderly man finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies, and humiliations of aging in America manifest themselves through roller coasters, bumper cars, and chaotic crowds. Shot in the now-defunct West View Amusement Park in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, The Amusement Park is a strange but incredibly humane film that, nonetheless, might be Romero’s “most overtly horrifying film.” (author Daniel Kraus)

Join us for this incredibly special, one-of-a-kind opportunity, and be the first to see one of the cinema’s most legendary “lost” films in its newly restored glory. Followed by a reception at the Regent Square Theater.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Land of the Dead (featuring an appearance by Suzanne Romero)
Oct
13
4:30 PM16:30

Romero Lives Film Series: Land of the Dead (featuring an appearance by Suzanne Romero)

October 13, 2019, 4:30pm, Regent Square Theater
Land of the Dead

The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

Twenty years after Day, Romero’s return to the genre he invented was an artistic and intellectual triumph that showed he hadn’t lost a step. Filmed amidst the political turmoil of the Iraq War era, Land is perhaps the most explicitly political statement from a filmmaker dedicated to political art. Land takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in which the rich have ensconced themselves in the luxury high rises of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, walled off from the zombie hordes, while the rest of the city fights for scraps down below. Meanwhile, the zombies are showing signs of intelligence, and they’re starting to organize. Can the zombies overthrow the callous one-percenters who exploit human and zombie alike? Do we want them to?

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Romero Lives Film Series: Diary of the Dead (featuring an appearance by Suzanne Romero)
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Diary of the Dead (featuring an appearance by Suzanne Romero)

October 13, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Diary of the Dead

A part of the Romero Lives Film Festival:
Legacy of the Dead: Pittsburgh's Horror Master George A. Romero Comes Home

Join the George A. Romero Foundation and Pittsburgh Filmmakers as they celebrate the career of George A. Romero. On October 13, Suzanne Romero and members of the George A. Romero Foundation Board will present Diary of the Dead.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Survival of the Dead
Oct
13
9:00 PM21:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Survival of the Dead

October 13, 2019, 9:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Survival of the Dead - Introduced by Suzanne Romero
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

Romero always loved Westerns, and with his final film, he got to make one, an old-fashioned cowboy movie in zombie drag. Continuing the trajectory begun in Diary, Survival of the Dead follows Diary’s rogue national guardspeople and other survivors as they make their way through a zombie-filled landscape and, eventually, towards Plum Island. An isolated island dominated by the Muldoons and the O’Flynns, old-fashioned Irish families locked in a blood feud with each other, Plum Island’s sparse population means its zombie chaos is comparatively limited. But far from being a respite, the tensions between the two families get increasingly violent as their contradictory approaches to the zombie apocalypse leave the two clans ever-more squarely in opposition to each other. Romero always planned on further installments to his second zombie saga, but Survival proved to be a fitting conclusion, a satirical allegory about humanity’s need – and inability – to come together, even in the face of greater, more urgent, flesh-eating dangers. “This is exactly what makes Romero a great political filmmaker: when he condemns wrongs, he never assumes those wrongs exist on their own … and it’s through the improvement or failure of characters that he demonstrates the possibilities or failures of society.” -Mubi

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Romero Lives Film Series: Two Evil Eyes (featuring an introduction by Adam Lowenstein and Marcia Landy)
Oct
14
6:30 PM18:30

Romero Lives Film Series: Two Evil Eyes (featuring an introduction by Adam Lowenstein and Marcia Landy)

October 14, 2019, 6:30pm, Regent Square Theater
Two Evil Eyes - Introduced by University of Pittsburgh Professors Marcia Landy and Adam Lowenstein
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

Two reigning masters of cinematic horror, George Romero and Dario Argento, who had been friends and collaborators since the 1970s, come together for a 2-man anthology of films based on their favorite stories by Edgar Allan Poe, relocated to late 80s Pittsburgh. Argento, Italy’s undisputed maestro of the macabre, contributes a story based on Poe’s fiendish “The Black Cat” in which hotshot photojournalist Harvey Keitel finds himself pursued by the ghost of a cat he’d mercilessly strangled for a lurid, sensationalist book of photography. In “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” Romero tells the story of a wife, magnificently played by Adrienne Barbeau, who has her much older husband hypnotized on his deathbed so as to direct his vast fortune in her direction when he dies. But even after he passes away, he might not be gone. With some of the most impressive make-up effects of Pittsburgh legend Tom Savini’s career, Two Evil Eyes is a blast, one of Romero’s most purely enjoyable efforts.  “A match made in hell, a dream realized for many horror fans.” – Slant Magazine

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Romero Lives Film Series: Bruiser
Oct
14
9:00 PM21:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Bruiser

October 14, 2019, 9:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Bruiser
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

The last non-zombie film Romero was able to make, Bruiser is an intense, absurdist take on the painfully dehumanizing effects of contemporary society, but also yet another ferociously critical exploration of the violent, toxic masculinity that it produces. In Bruiser, a conformist businessman who’s spent his life being exploited, mistreated, and overlooked wakes up to find that his face has been replaced by an utterly blank white mask. That Michael Myers-like anonymity brings out the deep reserves of rage he’s buried all his life, and he goes on a rampage, exacting brutal revenge on those who have hurt and betrayed him. Featuring an original soundtrack – and an appearance! – by the gods of horror punk, The Misfits.

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Romero Lives Film Series: There's Always Vanilla
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: There's Always Vanilla

October 15, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
There’s Always Vanilla - Introduced by producer Russell Streiner
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

 What if the world’s foremost horror filmmaker, who singlehandedly redefined the entire genre and invented of the modern zombie, made a romantic comedy? Romero’s interests were always much wider than the horror film would seem to permit, and for his follow-up to the world-shaking success that was Night of the Living Dead, he followed one of his non-undead muses towards a hilarious story of a shaky relationship between a model, played by Night’s Judith Ridley, and an artsy drifter. With a familiar sense of inventive, hilarious social critique, There’s Always Vanilla is a bittersweet viewing experience: a wonderful portrait of Romero and his collaborators’ artistic ambitions, but also a non-horror comedy filled with wit and invention that is surprisingly consistent with the rest of his oeuvre. An extremely rare opportunity to see There’s Always Vanilla on the big screen!

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Romero Lives Film Series: Season of the Witch
Oct
15
9:00 PM21:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Season of the Witch

October 15, 2019, 9:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Season of the Witch
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

Romero’s first explicitly feminist film, Season of the Witch is the story of a disaffected housewife being tempted by pagan mysticism in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs. Left alone for long stretches by her domineering, abusive husband, and haunted by recurring dreams of him controlling her like a dog, Joan finds solace, and power, in the local coven. She grows increasingly independent, pursues an affair, and finds fulfillment in witchcraft that her seemingly perfect marriage never gave her. A savage indictment of the casual misogyny that infused every aspect of 70s America, Season of the Witch was decades ahead of its time and is only now receiving the recognition merited by the boldness of its themes and its artistry.

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Godzilla on My Mind: Screening and Presentation by Dr. William Tsutsui
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Godzilla on My Mind: Screening and Presentation by Dr. William Tsutsui

October 16, 2019 - 6:30-9:00pm
University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union

Dr. William Tsutsui, President of Hendrix College in Arkansas, will visit the University of Pittsburgh’s campus during its annual International Week. He will be giving a public talk entitled, “Godzilla on My Mind” which will be followed by a screening of the original Gojira. Dr. Tsutsui is THE expert on the Godzilla films.

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Romero Lives Film Series: George A. Romero's Industrials and O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: George A. Romero's Industrials and O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose

October 16, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Early Works, Industrials, and Commercials and O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose - Introduced by Three Rivers Film Festival’s Ben Ogrodnik and Flea Market Film’s Steven Haines

We think of Romero’s filmmaking career as beginning with Night of the Living Dead, but it began much earlier when he helped found The Latent Image. Located in a small downtown office that would serve as a surreptitious shooting location for his films, from the basement in Night to the roof in Dawn, Romero and co. established themselves as the premiere local production house for commercials, educational films, and other industrial productions all the way back in 1963. This program of short work gives us a portrait of Romero as an innovative, inventive, and fun craftsman, honing his art through spots for the likes of IC Light and Calgon.

O.J. Simpsons: Juice on the Loose might seem on the surface like a curio, but it actually kicked off an important stage of Romero’s production in the 1970s. This film, along with a documentary on Steelers legend Franco Harris, kicked off a run of 17 sports documentaries that Romero directed or produced before he returned to feature films. Juice on the Loose was his first, and Romero rises to the occasion with a lively, vibrant portrait of Simpson long before his downfall. A remarkably stylish, engrossing dispatch from an important and long-overlooked period of Romero’s creative life.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Dark Half
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Dark Half

October 17, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Dark Half - Introduced by Art Department Coordinator Andy Sands and the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Ben Rubin
The Romero Lives Film Series Presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

Romero had long been Stephen King’s favorite collaborator, and they consistently sought ways to work together from even before Creepshow into the 21st century, including scores of unrealized adaptations and collaborations. Filmed in and around a Pittsburgh masquerading as King’s small-town Maine, The Dark Half sees both masters of horror firing on all cylinders with a story of a literary superstar haunted by his alter-ego doppelganger. Thad Beaumont writes respectable highbrow fiction but uses a pen name of George Stark to write books that actually sell: murder mysteries, thrillers. And then someone claiming to be Stark, and looking just like him, shows up, looking for trouble. This screening will be introduced by Pitt Library’s Horror Studies Collection Coordinator Ben Rubin, who will discuss the numerous Romero-King projects to be found in Pitt’s newly acquired George A. Romero Archive.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Monkey Shines
Oct
17
9:30 PM21:30

Romero Lives Film Series: Monkey Shines

October 17, 2019, 9:30pm, Regent Square Theater
Monkey Shines
The Romero Lives Film Series Presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

A criminally underrated gem in Romero’s filmography, Monkey Shines follows an athlete named Allan after a devastating accident leaves him quadriplegic. In an attempt to help his friend, a scientist offers him Ella, a helper monkey from his lab. But the experiments on Ella have left her with hidden gifts that soon turn dangerous. Extraordinarily intelligent and preternaturally sensitive to Allan’s needs and moods, Ella grows violent towards Allan’s enemies, and viciously jealous of his friends. After decades of fierce independence, Monkey Shines was Romero’s first foray into Hollywood – though he still brought the production to Pittsburgh. A remarkably inventive film that, like so much of Romero’s best work, pushes its premise into the realm of the surreal.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Creepshow (featuring an appearance by Christine Romero)
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Creepshow (featuring an appearance by Christine Romero)

October 18, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Creepshow - Introduced by actress Christine Romero
The Romero Lives Film Series Presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

The first of Romero’s collaborations with Stephen King to make it to the screen, Creepshow is an almost impossibly fun collection of stories inspired by the gleefully excessive horror comics that shaped (and warped) both of their childhoods. The most purely, ridiculously enjoyable film of either horror master’s career, Creepshow throws out yarns about angry corpses, men turning into plants, monsters, madness, and lots of revenge. Its Pittsburgh-based horrors give us a whirlwind portrait of the city in 1982, from the Monroeville suburbs to downtown high rises to Amberson Hall at Romero’s alma mater of CMU and his own Squirrel Hill home. With an all-star cast including Pittsburgh legends Tom Atkins, Christine Forrest Romero, Fritz Weaver, and Ted Danson, Ed Harris, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Gaylen Ross, Hal Holbrook, and King himself, not to mention the appearance of a very young Joe Hill.

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Romero Lives Film Series: Knightriders (featuring an appearance by Christine Romero and Tom Dubensky)
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: Knightriders (featuring an appearance by Christine Romero and Tom Dubensky)

October 19, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Knightriders - Introduced by actress Christine Romero and Tom Dubensky
The Romero Lives Film Series Presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

An incredibly personal film for Romero, Knightriders transposes Arthurian legends to the present-day, following a troupe of Renaissance Faire motorcycle jousters led by a young Ed Harris as “King Billy.” Gorgeous, touching, and strange, Knightriders is a powerfully surreal cri de coeur about the difficulties of artistic and philosophical independence. Harris, in his first starring role, brings an extraordinary gravitas to this story of biker Knights of the Round Table trying to stay together and do what they love in the face of hostile police and an emerging corporate threat, not to mention a charismatic but self-destructive leader whose stubbornness is tearing them apart.  “Romero’s most curious and beautiful film. Brilliant.” – The Dissolve

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Romero Lives Film Series: An Evening with Franco Harris
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Romero Lives Film Series: An Evening with Franco Harris

October 20, 2019, 7:00pm, Regent Square Theater
An Evening with Franco Harris: The Steelers Legend Remembers George A. Romero
The Romero Lives Film Series Presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

George  Romero’s ties to the Steel City go deep. In the 1970s when he was in the filmmaking wilderness, Romero produced and directed a series of documentaries about sports figures, broadcast around the country in various markets after Monday Night Football. Those docs included subjects like O.J. Simpson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and all of them are fascinating, but the ones that resonate most deeply in 2019 are the ones about Pittsburgh. When dealing with figures like wrestler Bruno Sammartino, Pirates legend Willie Stargell, and Steelers heroes like Terry Bradshaw, Rocky Bleier, the notorious “Steel Curtain,” and, of course, Franco Harris, Romero and his collaborators pay tribute to the city they love, and paint remarkably vivid, lasting portraits of Pittsburgh in the 1970s. The creative renaissance that Romero was about to undergo in the late 1970s was undoubtedly shaped and inspired by this renewed sense of Pittsburgh as a place and a community that comes through so clearly in his sports documentaries.

His first Pittsburgh documentary was Franco Harris: Good Luck on Sunday, a loving, insightful tribute to the Steelers star, and it kicked off a lifelong friendship and collaboration – one that included some tantalizing unrealized projects like a Romero-Harris bigfoot movie! This special event will pay tribute to Romero and Harris, with clips from documentaries about the two of them, and a moderated discussion with the legendary Franco in person about Romero and their work together.

“If there is a similarity between what was going on with the Steelers at that time and what was going on with us, it’s about perseverance. Whatever that quality is of never say die, seemingly against all odds.” – George A. Romero

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George A. Romero Collection Gala and Official Launch
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

George A. Romero Collection Gala and Official Launch

October 23, 2019: 7 - 10 p.m
Hillman Library, First Floor

A Party Celebrating the George A. Romero Archival Collection Living the with Dead

See behind the scenes clips from the making of Romero films, interviews with George, and more! Test your knowledge with Romero trivia! See clips from many Romero films! Be present for the awarding of the first ever George A. Romero Foundation Pioneer Award to William “Chilly Billy” Cardille, presented by Romero’s widow and Romero Foundation Founder and President Suz Desrocher-Romero! Watch staged readings of scenes from Romero scripts! Get zombie makeup courtesy of ScareHouse!

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Tolin FX Halloween Bash
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Tolin FX Halloween Bash

October 31, 2019 - 6:00-11:00pm
Beechview Neighborhood

We are going to HAUNT YOUR SOCKS OFF! Tolin FX and friends are coming together for a freaky filled night of fun for ALL AGES! Step right up and be amazed at the wonder and mystical magic of the Halloween spirit. Expect to see the BIZARRE! The SPOOKY! and the GHOULISH! This block party is like non other. There will be a SLEW of entertainment and fun!! This Halloween block party is in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. The Halloween Bash party will celebrate George, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh’s vibrant film community, horror & zombies, Halloween, and Dia de los Muertos.

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