During the late 1970’s in Pittsburgh an ambitious and intrepid trio of filmmakers pooled their resources together and came up with just enough money to make their first feature-length narrative film. Originally called THE MANIPULATOR, and later re-titled EFFECTS, the movie was finished but sat unreleased for nearly 25 years.
In 2005, EFFECTS was finally unveiled to movie-goers worldwide, and Red Shirt Pictures was brought in to document the movie’s long and winding road to release.
With afterEFFECTS: MEMORIES OF PITTSBURGH FILMMAKING, many of the film’s cast & crew reunite to discuss not only the making of the movie but their experiences in the fledgling independent film industry in Pittsburgh in the 1970s.
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The George A. Romero Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering George’s cinematic legacy and furthering independent film at local and global levels, was founded in 2018. The GARF Network, kickstarted in 2020, aims to engage with fans and horror industry veterans through discussion about film and storytelling, and the genre at large.
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