In the wake of George A. Romero’s long lost movie The Amusement Park finally seeing release last year, The George A. Romero Foundation is now looking to restore another part of the late filmmaker’s legacy. “With your support, we can finish George A. Romero’s once-lost short film from 1963,” the team says this week, referring to a short film titled Elegy.

The Romero Foundation details, “At 23 years old, George A. Romero implored his uncle for a new Bolex camera. His uncle gave him $5,000 to purchase it. With his new friends, Russ Streiner and Richard Ricci, they shot a series of short films, all thought to have been lost. One of these films, now entitled Romero’s Elegy, was found and is being restored by The GARF.

Romero’s Elegy is a 21-minute film shot in Pittsburgh in 1963. Shot without sound or dialogue, the original intention was to add music and poetry to it. But it was never finished. In 2020, Ricci wrote the poem that has been added to the piece. Richard passed away 4 days after he submitted the piece, which he worked on for nine months. The restoration team then hired Terry Alexander to narrate the poem. The GARF is currently working to license music so that the originally intended elements can be added to the film for more audiences to see.”

The Foundation is looking to raise $10,000 by March 31st to complete the never-before-seen short film, and the first 25 people to donate $50 will get a “Special Thanks” in the credits.

Any donations $2,500 USD or higher receive an Executive Producer credit.

Head over to The George A. Romero Foundation’s website to learn more and pitch in.

John Squires

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