2019 Romero Lives Featured Events

About Romero Lives

Romero Lives is a coalition of 30+ Pittsburgh organizations that formed spontaneously in response to George A. Romero’s passing. The group’s intent was to honor his life and legacy in 2018 to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Night of the Living Dead’s world premiere, which happened in our City on October 1, 1968. Romero Lives has grown into an annual celebration of George’s impact on both horror and filmmaking in the the Pittsburgh region.

Romero Lives’ Steering Committee believes that the exciting events will engage families, movie fans, scholars, and draw visitors to the city. Romero Lives organizers’ goal is to highlight George’s impact on a wide range of fields and underline the strong ties he developed to Pittsburgh. Partners demonstrate Pittsburgh’s rich cultural resources and extensive connections to creative industries that cement the City’s status as a cinematic capital. 

Romero Lives’ partnering organizations host events including screenings, lectures, and festivities, bringing together creative personnel from George’s past productions, and those inspired by his work, with the goal of making Pittsburgh the premiere destination for appreciating the horror’s wide-ranging impact on American popular culture. The coalition reflects the breadth of that impact; Romero Lives partners include academia, art, culture, historical, as well as movie theaters and small businesses.


The Romero Lives Steering Committee, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Adam Lowenstein, and Gary Streiner, would like to thank all Romero Lives! members; in particular the following people for their key contributions to the inaugural Romero Lives! celebration in 2018:

  • Gloria Forouzan – Office of the Mayor; Romero Lives! chief cook & bottle washer

  • Angela Love – Art Institute of Pittsburgh; coordinating and managing our logo design process

  • Mark Menold – Pittsburgh Zombie Fest; website creation and design

  • Ramona Streiner – GARF; Romero Lives’ social media, online publicity

  • Jeff Whitehead - University of Pittsburgh; website and social media maintenance

And, these lovely hosts for providing meeting space:

  •  Fred Johnson – Point Park University

  •  Carl Kurlander and Adam Lowenstein – University of Pittsburgh

  •  Minette Seate – WQED TV

  • Will Zavala – Pittsburgh Filmmakers