In conjunction with the Romero Lives: Pittsburgh Celebrates George A. Romero city-wide tribute, The Warhol presents a screening of George A. Romero’s Season of the Witch. Billed as Romero’s “feminist film,” Season of the Witch stars Joan Mitchell as an unhappy, suburban housewife. Frustrated by her home life, with an uncommunicative businessman husband and a distant 19-year-old daughter, Joan seeks solace in witchcraft after visiting Marion Hamilton, a local tarot reader and leader of a secret black arts wicca set. After dabbling in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world and sinks deeper and deeper into a new lifestyle where fantasy and reality are blurred.
Eventually, tragedy results. Following the screening, filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh, (b. 1954), a prolific filmmaker and video artist based in New York, will discuss her practice and the influence and legacy of George A. Romero with the University of Pittsburgh’s Ben Ogrodnik. This event is organized by Jessica Beck, Adam Lowenstein and Ben Ogrodnik. Co-presented with the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center.