Birth of the Living Dead [FILM SCREENING + Q&A]
THURS, OCT 17, 7PM | RECITAL HALL, SIMONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 54 ST. PHILIP STREET
Free, Rated PG-13
Co-sponsored by the College of Charleston’s First-Year Experience program
Q & A with the filmmaker and a reception sponsored by Brown’s Court Bakery will follow the film!
Synopsis: 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 is a documentary that shares how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster, one that was undead and feasted on human flesh.
This documentary includes interviews with Romero, Jason Zinoman, and Elvis Mitchell and immerses audiences into the singular time in which Night of the Living Dead was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence on domestic soil combined with iconic music from the 60s invites viewers to experience how Romero’s tumultuous film reflected this period in American history. Birth of the Living Dead shows us how a young filmmaker created a world-renowned horror film that was also a profound insight into how our society really works.