Wow! Birth of the Living Dead [BOTLD] is the Holy Grail of documentaries on George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. I grew up in Pittsburgh and the subject matter explored in this film is sacred stuff! Director Rob Kuhns [Sleeper Cell] artfully weaves together snippets of film with commentary from Romero and others who made NOTLD. He also adds a delightful Elementary School film class and gorgeous artwork from Gary Pullin. Along the way he makes the case for why this is such an important film both culturally and cinematically.
Themes explored in BOTLD include the challenge of making an independent film in 1968, the strong reactions of early audiences, casting an African American actor as the lead character, and an analysis of the movie’s most iconic scenes and why they’re still brilliant filmmaking.
Trust me, I know a LOT about NOTLD but I even learned a thing of two from this skillfully made documentary. If you have any love of zombies, this film is required viewing. It’s one I will watch many times in the future and can be streamed on Netflix.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.