GARF Global Manager & GARF Global Liaison, UK
Colin is from and based in the United Kingdom, and is the George A. Romero Foundation’s UK & European ambassador. A lifelong George A. Romero fan, Colin is very excited to be the voice of the Foundation in the UK. Colin will establish the presence of the Foundation, promote and attend events, and ensure George's legacy is well known in the UK. Furthermore, Colin will assist the Foundation in building a digital presence across the website and social media in addition to assisting with virtual and US-based events. Colin is an avid horror fan and convention-goer and holds key roles in organizing and arranging a dedicated George A. Romero Convention in the UK. When not enjoying George’s work, horror, or conventions, Colin is a keen runner, reader, and coffee table book collector.
GARF Global Liaison, France
Julien Sévéon is a Breton writer based in Nantes who has been involved with genre cinema and Asian cinema for the past twenty-five years, and is the author of seven books. He spent fifteen years researching and writing his book George A. Romero, Révolutions, Zombies et Chevalerie, which was released to acclaim in France in 2017 and sold out in five months. An updated edition is on the way, slated for release in 2021.
GARF Global Liaison, Italy
Paolo Zelati is a journalist and film historian living in Mantova, Italy. A passionate expert in horror literature and cinema, Zelati founded the Italian monthly magazines Horrormania and Horror Time, and he’s collaborated with several Italian and international magazines and newspapers. In 2008, he published Prince of Darkness: The Fantastic Realistic in John Carpenter's Cinema, and in 2014, he published American Nightmares featuring thirty-three interviews with directors and screenwriters. For the last 10 years, Zelati has worked as an agent for the Italian masters of horror—Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Sergio Stivaletti, and Asia Argento—bringing them to conventions and festivals around the world. In 2016, he celebrated his twenty-year friendship with George by organizing a tribute/career award event at the Lucca Film Festival, where thousands of Italian fans were able to express their love for George.
GARF Global Liaison, Japan
Norman has been an avid follower of George’s work since the late 1960s. After moving to Japan in 1992 he became involved with domestic movie magazines, which led to his involvement with the Romero-directed TV spot for the Resident Evil 2 video game. Often, people are disappointed when working with their heroes; Norman is happy to report that George was every bit as incredible as he’d hoped. This production led to his involvement with Fangoria, where he covered the Japanese horror scene for over fifteen years. Today, England creates English subtitles for Japanese cinema, works as a still camera person on movie sets, and, when the mood strikes, directs his own films. England has released three books on George’s career; his latest one, George A. Romero’s Saga of the Dead, was a big seller in Japan. England is proud to join the GARF team as its ambassador to Japan.
GARF Global Liaison, Germanic Region
Peter resides in Vienna, Austria and is a longtime fan of George Romero’s horror classic Dawn of the Dead, which he first saw during a local theatrical re-run at the tender age of 10 during the summer of 1980. Nowadays, he collects original worldwide vintage memorabilia related to Dawn. When not browsing eBay or other online sources for rare items, much of his spare time is spent extensively and thoroughly researching the film’s background for a (non-public) Facebook group called The Unofficial DAWN OF THE DEAD History Archive, as well as for a book project. He has written a number of “making-of” articles for a privately published series of German movie programs called Phantopia Filmprogramm. He also worked together with fellow GARF ambassador and Dawn fan Norman England in Japan for various Romero-related projects recently; including Norman’s highly successful book Saga of the Dead and various information displays for the re-opened Living Dead Museum at Monroeville Mall.
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