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Fessenden offers remembrance of George A. Romero in Talkhouse post

Talkhouse Film Contributors Remember George A. Romero

Larry Fessenden, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Rodney Ascher, Emily Hagins and more remember the much-loved father of the zombie movie.

In the following post, Talkhouse Film contributors and other filmmakers share their tributes to George A. Romero, the father of the zombie movie and the man behind such great movies as Night of the Living Dead, Martin and The Crazies, who passed away yesterday, aged 77.

Larry Fessenden
Over the years I have often cited George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead as my favorite horror movie. It served as a fulcrum between the old black-and-white horror films produced by Universal, featuring iconic monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula, and the more modern, despairing, angry and confrontational cinema of the ’60s and ’70s. I saw Living Dead on TV late one night and as a kid, I couldn’t tell when it had been made because it was still black-and-white, but I knew something was different. I knew the genre had grown up. Later, I was enamored with Martin, another film that grappled with the tension between movie monsters, in this case black-and-white vampire movies, and the very real, disturbing psychological violence of the young protagonist. And with The Crazies, Romero gave us a parable about mass hysteria and government overreach. Even when I could see the filmmaking was awkward and on the cheap, there was an energy and a fierce intelligence to Romero’s films, and their scrappiness felt like an invitation to aspiring filmmakers to just go out and do it. Of course he did make Creepshow, which had a budget and a cast and offered him the opportunity to celebrate his love of the DC comics that had influenced him as a kid. Romero was among a band of horror purveyors who came up in the ’60s and who ushered in a more brutal tone to the genre: Craven, Carpenter, Tobe Hooper — but distinct from his contemporaries, Romero seemed to resonate a conscience even as he relished in extreme gore. It is remarkable that a medium that is so collaborative still tends to convey the personality of the director, and in his films, you can feel George’s humility, thoughtfulness and sardonic anti-establishment sensibility. I often think about how Romero lamented he never really had a Hollywood career, never had it easy making films, no matter how influential and beloved he was. It has stood as a reminder that the embrace of Tinseltown is not the only measure of success in cinema.

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November 8, 2013
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Shuffle On Over to See BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD

Hey New York! Whether you’re on foot, car, bike, or subway, get on over to IFC Center to see BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Not in New York? Find out where you can see Rob Kuhns’ doc on the making and impact of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

November 7, 2013
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BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD is now in theaters, On Demand, and on iTunes!

If you’re in NYC, see a BOTLD/NOTLD double bill at IFC Center tonight, with an intro with the filmmakers.

Click on through for BOTLD around the web, pics from last night’s premiere event, and the BOTLD ZOMBIE PHOTO CONTEST poster!

November 1, 2013
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Larry Fessenden and Rob Kuhns on Birth of the Living Dead: Cinefantastique’s Inside the Fantastique

BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD director Rob Kuhns and exec producer Larry Fessenden discuss the film with Cinefantastique’s Inside the Fantastique. See the interview!

October 22, 2013
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AdWeek: Zombies, Slaves and a Big Ass Spider Are Trailered This Week

Birth of the Living Dead is part of this week’s trailer mash from AdWeek. Watch it here.

October 15, 2013
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BOTLD on IMDB

The trailer for BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, GEP’s new doc on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, hits the IMDB homepage. Check it out now on IMDB.com.

BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD is available On Demand TODAY and in theaters starting October 18th.

October 7, 2013
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Horror Doc Tells the Origins of George A. Romero and ‘Night of the Living Dead’

From MorbidlyAmusing.com:
“In a bit of news that has somehow escaped us here at Morbidly Amusing, a fascinating new horror documentary entitled Birth of the Living Dead has been set for release this very month. This doc tells the story of George A. Romero and his creation of the modern film zombie in his directorial debut Night of the Living Dead. Focusing on the political and social ramifications of Night and sporting a wide array of interviews from modern-day film   Continue Reading »

October 4, 2013
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Examiner on BITH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Zombies Have a Birthday

From examiner.com:
Forty-five years ago on Oct. 2, 2013, George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” was released to theaters. This shocking, horrific film was, at the time, counter-culture, but is now very much mainstream.
In 1968, Romero directed this super low-budge horror film that eventually rise to a billion dollar industry.
Filmmaker Rob Kuhns will release “Birth of the Dead, a documentary about the impact of “Night of the Living Dead,” on Nov.6, 2013 in New York at the IFC Center.   Continue Reading »

September 6, 2013
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HELLNOTES: “If you’re a fan of zombies in any way, shape, or form, you need to watch this movie”

BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD is coming this October! Check out the review from Brian M. Sammons at Hellnotes.com:

“Playing the film festival circuit right now is a new documentary about what is arguably the single most influential movie (not horror movie, but overall movie) in the last 50 years or so, Night of the Living Dead. What, you think I’m overstating things a bit? Name another movie from that period that spawned its own subgenre, and if you can   Continue Reading »

August 14, 2013
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Special Sneak Preview Screening of BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD at the Schomburg

BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD will screen at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, NY on Thursday October 10, 6:30-8PM.
The screening is free but registration is required at www.schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com
From NYPL.org:

Rob Kuhns’ documentary places world-renowned horror film, Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, in its historical context with archival footage of the horrors of the Vietnam war and race rebellions at home combined with iconic music from the 60s. Following the screening, Kuhns will moderate a talk   Continue Reading »