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THE GEORGE A. ROMERO PIONEER AWARD

GEORGE A. ROMERO WAS A PIONEER.

In honor of George and his legacy, the GARF is pleased to present the George A. Romero Pioneer Award. Each year, the GARF will recognize pioneers in independent film and the horror genre both past and present. Specifically, the GARF will recognize the architects of independent film and horror as well those who are currently pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and storytelling. Recipients will be honored at an annual award ceremony and permanently featured on the GARF’s website.

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2019 AWARD WINNER
WILLIAM “CHILLY BILLY” CARDILLE

The GARF is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of the Pioneer Award is William “Chilly Billy” Cardille. William Cardille had a profound impact on radio, television, film, and the horror genre, paving the way for individuals such as George A. Romero. George noted that without “Chilly Billy” the seminal film Night of the Living Dead would have never happened. Over the coming months, the GARF will present the life and career of William Cardille on its website culminating in an award ceremony in October 2019 during the annual Romero Lives celebration in Pittsburgh, PA.

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