Birth of the Living Dead

Birth of the Living Dead - Rob Kuhns & Esther Cassidy

Birth of the Living Dead – Rob Kuhns & Esther Cassidy

Rob 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: 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: The Movie: 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.

October 14: The Arts Council, Inc.  Gainesville, GA
October 15: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University  Auburn, AL
October 16: Indie Memphis  Memphis, TN
October 17: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art  Charleston, SC
October 18: Link Centre  Tupelo, MS
October 20: Georgia College and State University  Milledgeville, GA
October 21: East Tennessee State University, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts  Johnson City, TN
October 22: Western Carolina University  Cullowhee, NC
October 23: Clemson University  Clemson, SC
October 24: Presbyterian University  Clinton, SC

“Birth of the Living Dead” Trailer from Rob Kuhns on Vimeo.