Birth of the Living Dead

Birth of the Living Dead


It's taken me 45 years to stop biting my fingernails after first seeing Night of the Living Dead. Having just watched Rob Kuhns' mesmerizing documentary about that classic horror story I finally understand why I was not only scared out of my wits, but was simultaneously watching a cinematic breakthrough and cultural phenomenon." -Bill Moyers

On Friday & Saturday, stick around and watch it with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. No extra charge.

Birth of the Living Dead
Rob Kuhns
76 minutes

In 1968 a young college drop-out, ad man and aspiring filmmaker 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 invented the zombie industry, worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.

Today, Night of the Living Dead is internationally recognized as a high-brow art film, revered for its groundbreaking treatment of American race relations and allegorical references to the Vietnam war. The film still maintains its status as a monumental achievement for fans of the low-brow horror genre. Night of the Living Dead made history when it was simultaneously screened at MOMA and the notorious grindhouse circuit on 42nd street. Since its release the film has been selected for preservation by the Library of Congress and the National Film Registry.

Rob Kuhn's feature documentary Birth of the Living Dead  goes beyond a tribute to Romero's work to explore a critical moment in the American experience and the notion that horror acts as a reflection of national anxiety.

Birth of the Living Dead explains 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 one of the most realistic horror films ever and serendipitously offering a profound insight into how American society worked at a singular time in its history.

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