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The Birth of the Living Dead

Monday, Oct 14, 2013
Film Screening @ 7PM
Doors Open @ 6:30PM

Meet the filmmakers reception following movie

University of North Georgia | Gainesville - Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building

Tickets: $7 Adult, $5 Students;
$5 Seniors (65+)


The Arts Council, Inc. and The University of North Georgia present the independent feature film "Birth of the Living Dead" with Rob Kuhns (Director) & Esther Cassidy (Producer) as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at The University of North Georgia | Gainesville - Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building on Monday, October 14, 2013. Ticket price includes the movie and the Meet the Filmmaker Q&A session following the film screening.

Run time: 76 minutes


In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed a low budget horror film that shocked the world and became an icon of the counterculture - Night of the Living Dead. It spawned a billion dollar zombie industry that continues to this day. Birth of the Living Dead, a new 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. This documentary also immerses audiences into the singular time in which “Night” was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home 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 this young filmmaker created a world-renowned horror film that was also a profound insight into how our society really works.

1968. Peace. Love. And the Undead. George A. Romero and the making of a classic.




"It’s taken me 45 years to stop biting my fingernails after first seeing “Night of the Living Dead.” Having just watched Rob Kuhns’s mesmerizing documentary about that classic horror story I finally understand why I was not only scared out of my wits, but was simultaneously watching a cinematic breakthrough and cultural phenomenon. “Birth of the Living Dead” is immensely watchable and abundantly enlightening — with one ah-hah moment after another — and when you’ve seen it, you’ll be thinking and talking all night (first lock your doors)."

- Bill Moyers, “Moyers and Company”


Jyllian Gunther - The New PublicRob Kuhns – Birth of the Living Dead is Rob's first feature length documentary as a Director. He Co-Directed/Edited two broadcast documentaries, Enemies of War (PBS, 2001) and This is a Game, Ladies (PBS, 2003, Audience Award – AFI Silverdoc Festival). His many editing credits include Moyers and Company (2011 - Present), the dramatic television series Sleeper Cell (Showtime, Golden Globe nomination, 2005), and Adam Clayton Powell (Academy Award nomination, 1990). Rob wrote and directed the short comedy, King’s Day Out, (1993 Sundance Film Festival). In 2012 he received an individual artist grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. Rob lives in Brooklyn with his wife and producing partner, Esther Cassidy.

Esther Cassidy – Esther Cassidy produced and directed the one-hour documentaries, Enemies of War (broadcast nationally on PBS and in Spain, Portugal, and Denmark); and The Wrong Man: The Case of Edward Lee Elmore broadcast on Court Television. She was Coordinating Producer of American Dream, Barbara Kopple's Academy Award-winning documentary feature, and also produced three short films with Ms. Kopple: With Liberty and Justice For All, Justice For All, and Civil Rights: The Struggle Continues. She was Consulting Producer on the Peabody award-winning one-hour broadcast documentary, A Healthy Baby Girl; a dramatic feature film, The Reawakening; the feature-length Sundance Audience Choice award-winning theatrical documentary Ballot Measure Nine; and the theatrical documentary Sacco and Vanzetti, which has been shown in the U.S., Holland, and Italy. Ms. Cassidy was Associate Producer of On the Bridge, a theatrical documentary produced and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Frank Perry, and Casting the First Stone, a documentary broadcast on POV. She was Series Associate Producer of the ITVS documentary series, The Question of Equality.

Birth of the Living Dead


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The Southern Circuit Tour of independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. This screening is supported in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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