‘Birth of the Living Dead’ chronicles the start of the zombie industry
• What: Thursday Art Night
• When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31
• Where: Eltrym Theater, 1809 First St., Baker City
• Details: $6 adults, $4 seniors/students (dress as a zombie and pay half price)
• Contact: www.eltrym.com
Submitted to Go! Magazine
This month, Thursday Art Night at the Eltrym Theater will be premiering the new documentary “Birth of the Living Dead.”
The evening begins with “Undead Storytelling” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, followed by the film at 7 p.m.
Afterward will be a Monster Mash Dance Party. Those who come as a zombie pay half the admission price.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.
In 1968, a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed “Night of the Living Dead,” a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars 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.
The 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.
For more information, visit birthofthelivingdead.com/ or eltrym.com.