Birth of the Living Dead | 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. This documentary shows 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, run-and-gun 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 upon human flesh. It also immerses audiences into the singular time in which the horror film was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home, combined with iconic music from the 1960s, invites viewers to experience how Romero's tumultuous film reflected this period in American history.