d. Rob Kuhns, c. George Romero, Elvis Mitchell, Larry Fessenden, Gale Anne Hurd, USA, 2012, 76 mins
Guest: Rob Kuhns (Director), Esther Cassidy (Producer)
Txtwrks Audience Award Keyword: year1, year2, year3, year4, year5
Playing with: Muertos y Vivientes, d. Iñaki San Román, Spain (Sunday screening only)
YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD explores the making and impact of one of the most influential horror films of all time, “Night of the Living Dead.” Although marketed –- and received by most critics -- as a dismissible exploitation shocker, 'Night' became a worldwide sensation. Extensive interviews with writer/director George A. Romero, takes us step by step through the hilarious and inspiring story of the making of the film. With great humility and humor, Romero recounts how he and his colleagues (mostly amateurs) pulled it off with minuscule funds ($114,000) and tons of sweat equity and inventiveness. The film also examines the era that spawned the film. Interviews with authors Mark Harris and Jason Zinoman, film critic Elvis Mitchell, filmmakers Larry Fessenden and Sam Pollard and producers Gale Anne Hurd and Chiz Schultz reveal how 'Night' was intricately and complexly involved in the singular moment of the late 60s, making the film a cultural watershed. Vintage archival footage and music immerses us into a time when the Vietnam War and race riots across the country were causing America to take a good, hard look at itself. 'Night' asked us to face ourselves as a society decaying and cannibalizing itself.