a documentary by Rob Kuhns
Opens November 6 in New York at IFC Center1968. PEACE. LOVE. AND THE UNDEAD.
“It’s taken me 45 years to stop biting my fingernails after first seeing Night of the Living Dead. Having just watched Rob Kuhns’ 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.” -Bill Moyers
Rob Kuhns’ feature documentary BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEADgoes beyond just being a tribute to director George Romero’s work, to explore a critical moment in the American experience and the notion that horror acts as a reflection of national anxiety. The film details how Romero gathered an unlikely team of real Pittsburgh citizens — police officers, iron workers, teachers, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot in a revolutionary guerrilla style that became a cinematic landmark and one of the most visceral and influential horror films ever made.
Writer/Producer/Director/Editor Rob Kuhns has co-directed and edited Enemies of War (PBS, 2001) and This is a Game, Ladies (PBS, 2003, Audience Award – AFI Silverdoc Festival). His many other editing credits include Moyers and Company (2011 – present), the TV drama Sleeper Cell (Showtime, Golden Globe nomination, 2005), and Adam Clayton Powell (Academy Award nomination, 1990). Kuhns wrote and directed the short comedy, King’s Day Out, (1993 Sundance Film Festival).
Producer Esther Cassidy has produced and directed Enemies of War and The Wrong Man: The Case of Edward Lee Elmore for Court Television. She was Coordinating Producer of Barbara Kopple’s Oscar-winning American Dream and produced Kopple’s other films With Liberty And Justice For All; Justice For All; and Civil Rights: The Struggle Continues. She was Consulting Producer on the Peabody award-winning broadcast documentary A Healthy Baby Girl (2006); and the 2007 theatrical documentarySacco and Vanzetti.
Executive Producer Larry Fessenden is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror movies Habit (nominated for 2 Spirit Awards), Wendigo, No Telling, The Last Winter (nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award, premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival), and most recently, Beneath. He has served as producer on dozens of acclaimed films in and out of the horror genre through his company Glass Eye Pix, including Stake Land, Wendy and Lucy and The House of the Devil.
Film poster designer Gary Pullin is the Art Director for Rue Morgue, the world’s best-selling horror magazine. Gary has helped shape the ever-evolving face of horror, working as a designer with musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie, artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and horror icons Clive Barker and Basil Gogos. His award-winning illustrations and designs have also appeared in popular magazines such asHorrorHound, Famous Monsters of Filmland, heavy metal magazine Revolver and Royal Flush. He’s also worked in the music industry for vinyl releases and gig posters, t-shirts and album art for bands including The Misfits, Tiger Army, The Brains, Ghoultown, Electric Frankenstein and The Creepshow.