IN UMBRA RELIQUIAE
“The Shadow Remains”
George Andrew Romero was arguably one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. In 1968 he gave a film to the world that would change the face of independent filmmaking forever and create a cinematic creature that has inspired literally thousands of filmmakers, films, television shows, books, comics, conventions, video games and products while somehow gracefully reminding us creatives that no matter how commercial something may seem or how much money a film, a book, an idea or a product may make, that the only thing that we have at the end of the day when we lay down and close our eyes for the last time is what we have put into what we have created.
George Andrew Romero, the godfather of the modern zombie as most call him, the godfather of modern independent film, as many have called him, one of the most influential and powerful filmmakers who ever lived, was my father.
For many years, his shadow loomed over me… over my career… over my work… over my own ideas and opinions of myself as a filmmaker and as an artist… for many years, I resented that shadow until one day it hit me…
George Andrew Romero, the godfather of the modern zombie as most call him, the godfather of modern independent film, as many have called him, one of the most influential and powerful filmmakers who ever lived, IS my father; and I’m mighty fucking proud of that.
Now all that remains of him is the shadow he left, and man is it a giant one. But I can honestly and proudly say that there is no shadow in which I would rather walk; there are no footsteps in which I would rather follow and there is no legacy or torch that I would or could be more proud to carry as the last remaining George Romero, son of the godfather of the modern zombie… son of the godfather of independent film.
Is it a bit scary? Hell yes.
Is it a bit nerve-racking? You bet your ass.
Is it a challenge that he spent my entire life preparing me for? Goddamn right he did.
Am I confident that I will do his name honor while staying true to my own inner creative and my own artistry? Fucking right I am.
So to the world of Romero fans and followers and to the world of those who are worried that George Romero has died and left us all, please know that I, George C. Romero, son of George A. Romero, have listened and paid attention my entire life and career and I have spent my life and career preparing to take the next steps that a Romero will take in this business.
I will not let you down, dad. I know this because I will not let myself down.
That is why I am launching the Romero Pictures Memorial Young Filmmaker Program in honor of the memory of my father, George A. Romero and with the intention of instilling in young filmmakers taken into the program the absolute dedication to the inner creative that is necessary to sustain a life in this business of show and the absolute dedication to the self resolution that is absolutely required to stand up and show the world what we know in our hearts is a piece of creative that absolutely has to be released into the world.
– George C. Romero