Birth of the Living Dead Directed
Rob Kuhns USA / 2012 / 76 minutes New York Premiere
Preceded by RIDING SHOTGUN
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Rob Kuhns, Larry Fessenden
1968: A year of peace, love and music? Try peace, love and the undead.
Rob Kuhns’s feature-length documentary Birth of the Living Dead compiles original and found footage to provide a stunning portrait of George A. Romero and his 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead. Kuhns explores the birth of zombie culture as well as the political and cultural backdrop of the 1960s that led to Night of the Living Dead's overwhelming success, revolutionary backbone and the ever-changing reception of our society to media violence.
Birth of the Living Dead goes beyond a standard behind-the-scenes documentary and taps into the distinctly independent and inspiring style of Romero’s work, making this a must see for film lovers and filmmakers alike. Kuhns shows how this once highly criticized grindhouse flick has revolutionized the horror film genre and earned Romero’s reputation as the godfather of zombies. –Chandra Knotts
BIO: Birth of the Living Dead is Rob Kuhns’s first feature length documentary as writer/director. Previously, he co-directed/edited the TV documentaries, (produced/directed by Esther Cassidy, Rob’s wife and producer of “Birth of the Living Dead”) Enemies of War and This is a Game, Ladies, both for PBS. He also wrote and directed King's Day Out, a short film comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast here and overseas. His many editing credits include Moyers and Company, the Showtime dramatic television series, Sleeper Cell, and the documentary, Adam Clayton Powell, which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2012, Rob received an Individual Artist Grant from the New York State Council of the Arts for Birth of the Living Dead. Rob and Esther Cassidy live in Brooklyn, NY.
Cast/Featuring: George A. Romero, Mark Harris, Larry Fessenden, Gale Anne Hurd, Elvis Mitchell, Sam Pollard, Chiz Schiltz, Jason Zinoman
Executive Producer(s): Larry Fessenden
Producer(s): Rob Kuhns, Esther Cassidy
Director(s): Rob Kuhns
Screenwriter(s): Rob Kuhns
Cinematographer(s): Suprotim Bose, Michael Grippo
Editor(s): Rob Kuhns
Production Designer(s): Dale Robbins (Art Director)
Composer(s)/Music: Gary Pozner, Brian Goss
Sound Designer(s): Tim Stimpson
Other Credits: Gary Pullin (Illustrator, Graphic Designer)
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