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Birth of the Living Dead
A film by Rob Kuhns

76 minutes, documentary, color & b/w, English, 2013

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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.

Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers - policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner - to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.

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."
- The Film Stage

"Birth of the Living Dead pays wide-ranging tribute to an enduring pop-cultural milestone." - The Seattle Times


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Larry Fessenden and Rob Kuhns on Birth of the Living Dead: Cinefantastique's Inside the FantastiqueHuffington Post, 11/1/13

George A. Romero, Pioneering Horror Director, Dead at 77- Rolling Stone, 7/16/17

Hollywood Pays Tribute to George A. Romero- The Hollywood Reporter, 7/16/17



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Disc Features

●  Extended Interview with George A. Romero (33 minutes)
●  Interview with George A. Romero at MoMA, June 16, 1970 (10 minutes)
●  Bill Hinzman and the World-Record-Breaking Monroeville Zombie Walk (7 minutes)

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