|Birth of the Living Dead
A film by Rob Kuhns
76 minutes, documentary, color & b/w, English, 2013
In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.
Featuring: George A. Romero • Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer, The Walking Dead • Larry Fessenden, Filmmaker (The Last Winter, Beneath) • Mark Harris, Author, Pictures at a Revolution • Elvis Mitchell, Film Critic, The New York Times & LA Weekly • Sam Pollard, Emmy-Award Winning Filmmaker • Jason Zinoman, Film Critic & Author of Shock Value • Bill Hinzman, Graveyard Zombie from Night of the Living Dead.
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"Riveting...glorious...jaw-dropping." - The Village Voice
"Rob Kuhns' marvelous doc about the making of Night of the Living Dead looks at all the ways one low-budget, flesh-eating horror movie changed the world. It's full of juicy anecdotes that detail how George A. Romero made necessity into the mother of nightmare invention. Grade: A." - Entertainment Weekly
"Critic's Pick! Mr. Romero is a most agreeable raconteur." - The New York Times
"Mesmerizing...I finally understand why I was not only scared out of my wits, but was simultaneously watching a cinematic breakthrough and cultural phenomenon. Birth of the Living Dead is immensely watchable and abundantly enlightening, with one ah-hah moment after another." - Bill Moyers
"Officially our favorite doc of all-time." - Video TapeWorm
"A colorful and inspiring portrait of guerrilla filmmaking from a pre-digital era."
"Birth of the Living Dead pays wide-ranging tribute to an enduring pop-cultural milestone." - The Seattle Times
See details about this film's theatrical run.
INTERVIEW: Larry Fessenden and Rob Kuhns on Birth of the Living Dead: Cinefantastique's Inside the Fantastique, Huffington Post, 11/1/13
● Extended Interview with George A. Romero (33 minutes)