Romero Lives is a coalition of 30+ Pittsburgh organizations that formed spontaneously in response to George A. Romero’s passing. The group’s intent is to honor his life and legacy, this year, to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Night of the Living Dead’s world premiere, which happened in our City on October 1, 1968.
Romero Lives’ Steering Committee members Suzanne Desrocher Romero, Gary Streiner, (Image 10) and Adam Lowenstein (University of Pittsburgh) believe the group’s exciting events will engage families, movie fans, scholars, and draw visitors to the city. Romero Lives organizers’ goal is to highlight his impact on a wide range of fields and underline the strong ties he developed to Pittsburgh, the city he called home. Partners demonstrate Pittsburgh’s rich cultural resources and extensive connections to creative industries that cement the City’s status as a cinematic capital.
Romero Lives’ partnering organizations will host events including screenings, lectures, and festivities, bringing together creative personnel from his past productions, and those inspired by his work, with the goal of making Pittsburgh the premiere destination for appreciating the horror master’s wide-ranging impact on American popular culture.
The coalition reflects the breadth of George’s impact; Romero Lives partners include academia, art, culture, historical, as well as movie theaters and small businesses.
The Romero Lives! Steering Committee, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Adam Lowenstein, and Gary Streiner, would like to thank all Romero Lives! members; in particular the following people for their key contributions:
Gloria Forouzan – Office of the Mayor; Romero Lives! chief cook & bottle washer
Angela Love – Art Institute of Pittsburgh; coordinating and managing our logo design process
Mark Menold – Pittsburgh Zombie Fest; website creation and design
Ramona Streiner – GARF; Romero Lives’ social media, online publicity
Jeff Whitehead - University of Pittsburgh; website and social media maintenance
And, these lovely hosts for providing meeting space:
Fred Johnson – Point Park University
Carl Kurlander and Adam Lowenstein – University of Pittsburgh
Minette Seate – WQED TV
Will Zavala – Pittsburgh Filmmakers