Night of the Living Face Off & Zombie Extravaganza

August 7, 2018

Romero Lives! is officially underway! On August 7, the Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program and George A. Romero’s Filmmaking Program presented the first official event in the Romero Lives! celebration. Special guest judges, Tom Savini, Suz Romero, and Robert Tinnell were on hand to determine who made the best zombie in this year’s ode to the 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead.

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Downtown Rooftop Shindig - Romero Lives

September 11, 2018

On September 11, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership teamed up with the ScareHouse and Pittsburgh Filmmakers to put on the unique shindig that included music, zombies, and memories of George A. Romero. Read more and see the photos here: https://www.wpxi.com/entertainment/see-and-be-seen/zombies-invade-pittsburgh-for-night-of-the-living-dead-tribute/831765827

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Blackness and the Powers of Horror: Film, Performance, Poetry, and Criticism

February 28, 2019

How can the vocabulary of the horror genre—expressed across the arts—speak about blackness and black experience? The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center, and Romero Lives! present an evening of performance, film, poetry, and discussion about the relationship between blackness and the horror genre, convened as part of Romero Lives!, the year-long celebration of Pittsburgh filmmaker George A. Romero’s life and legacy on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his landmark horror film, Night of the Living Dead.

Night was a milestone not just for horror, but for the representation of black characters in genre film, and it has been a touchstone for black filmmakers, writers, and artists for the past 50 years. Our four panelists will present their own work in dialogue with Night and the larger horror genre, and will discuss issues of race, queerness, and horror. 

Featuring:

Poet Simone White

Composer/Performance Artist M. Lamar

Writer/Director Zandashé Brown

Founder, Graveyard Shift Sisters/Producer of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror Ashlee Blackwell

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Visitor Filmmaker Aislinn Clarke

February 13, 2019

Clarke, the acclaimed Irish director who works in the tradition of socially conscious horror and women’s cinema pioneered by Romero, will present her debut featureThe Devil’s Doorway and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.

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Tolin FX Halloween Party

October 31, 2018

Tolin FX is proud to be a part of Pittsburgh’s citywide celebration of the life and work of our local hero, legendary and visionary filmmaker George A. Romero.

For our part, Tolin FX is going to throw a Halloween block party at Tolin FX in honor of the horror icon, in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Our Halloween party will start with candy for the trick or treaters at 6pm on October 31st, 2018.

Trick or Treat lasts until 8pm, and ends with a Halloween parade down Broadway in Beechview. So at 8pm Tolin FX will have a float of horrors drawn by our 20′ box truck, riding down Broadway at the same time as the Food Trucks start serving food on Coast Ave and After Dark Activities commence. They will include 6 bouts of professional wrestling, fire jugglers, magicians, music, food, drink, and lots of other cool Halloween activities.

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The Decomposium

October 31, 2018

Point Park University will be hosting its second annual Halloween event, The Decomposium, Wednesday, October 31st, from 2:00-5:00 at Point Park’s Center for Media Innovation (305 Wood St., Pittsburgh). The event will showcase scholarly and performative presentations from students, faculty, and staff, and will be keynoted by Steve Tolin of Tolin FX who will discuss his career as a special effects/makeup artist, including his work on George A. Romero’s Deadtime Stories. Tolin’s presentation will kick off the event at 2:00.

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Knights of the Living Dead

October 26, 2018

Join Knights of the Arcade for a special undead adventure. They're coming to get you, Barbarian! Knights is a live Dungeons & Dragons game played on stage by comedians, improvisers, and tried-and-true geeks. Every month, they embark on an epic quest built entirely from audience suggestions.

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Living Dead Meets Walking Dead: Zombies in Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center

October26, 2018

Think you know zombies? Think again. Join the History Center for a night . . . of the living dead. Dive into Pittsburgh’s zombie connections, hear all about the Smithsonian’s work to collect zombie history, meet icons of the local zombie film tradition, grab a zombie cocktail, and walk away with a (fake) zombie bite.

  • Smithsonian curator Eric Jentsch will discuss zombies in pop culture, including the National Museum of American History’s recent work with AMC’s The Walking Dead.

  • Hear from cast and crew members who worked with Pittsburgh history maker George Romero including Lori Cardille, Greg Nicotero, and Tony Buba.

  • Enjoy a complimentary zombie-themed cocktail courtesy of Wigle Whiskey.

  • Walk away with your very own zombie bite wound, courtesy of the Douglas Education Center’s Special Effects Makeup Program.

  • Make your own zombie movie poster.

  • Admission to the full History Center, including the blockbuster Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Missionexhibition and Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, which features the work of George Romero.

Zombie garb and Halloween costumes encouraged! Prize awarded to the most creative or ghoulish costume of the night!

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Haunted Museum After Dark

October 26, 2018

Mmmm…BRAINS!!! Lose your mind at Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Haunted Museum… After Dark: Year of the Zombie! Watch brain dissection and learn about the nutritional value of brains. Come dressed in costume ready to explore the real-life zombies of the natural world. Take part in our adult trick-or-treat by traveling around the museum and searching for spooky good prizes. Watch the 1968 classic zombie flick Night of the Living Dead on our big screen. Loosen up those stiff joints to music provided by Pittsburgh Vibes Unlimited and meet local experts in all things creepy!

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Reflections on Romero

October 19, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Admission is Free!

Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center & the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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Filmmakers Corner

October 13 at 10pm

Host Minette Seate interviews special guests Suzanne Desrocher Romero, Gloria Forouzan and Lori Cardille on the city-wide Romero Lives celebration.

https://www.wqed.org/filmmakers

Sponsored by WQED

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Phipps Conservancy Fall Flower Show

October 13 - November 3, 2018

Creep through a tribute to filmmaker George A. Romero as the glasshouse’s winding Serpentine Room is transformed into a Night of the Living Dead experience filled with spooky plants, bats, tombstones, a zombie photo op and photos of George with the legendary corpse flower at Phipps named in his honor.

https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/calendar/detail/fall-flower-show

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Romero of Tomorrow Short Film Horror Contest

October 7 at 6pm

It's a film competition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead! With the 2017 passing of this legendary independent filmmaker, Pittsburgh is celebrating his legacy with a month-long collection of screenings and fun events in October 2018 (more info at www.romerolives.org. ROMERO of TOMORROW SHORT HORROR FILM Contest is one of the kickoff events, with a screening of the best submissions at the Melwood Screening Room.

Program:
Tintamarre, by PF/PCA's Girls Remake Horror Camp
Zombie Woman, by Kevin Hejna
Apollo Welcomes You, by Sean Darby
Under the Sheet, by Greg Vogt
A Cry for Help, by Tyler Sandy
Golden Mile Highway, by Ryan Lucht
Corpus, by Ana Armangod
The Hermit, by Nate Schrader
“Happy New Year”, by Jason Sealy
Plastic Hip, by Bradford Uyeda

Source:: http://cinema.pfpca.org/films/romero-of-tomorrow

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