NOLTD fans with a few pennies to spare at Christmas can check out the campaign here Fix the Chapel.
The campaign has gone global, helped partly by a email from George Romero pledging his support. Here's the message from George:
In 1967, the citizens of Evans City, Pennsylvania permitted us to use their community cemetery for a very unusual purpose... to make a movie.
At the time, nobody in the Pittsburgh area was making movies, certainly not feature-length movies, but that's what we had set out to do. We hoped to someday complete a film which might actually be worthy of distribution. We were young and reaching for the stars. We had no reason to believe that anyone would support us in our aspirations. But the people of Evans City did. They welcomed us, in some cases fed us, and occasionally even agreed to play small roles in the film. They gave us all their support and then some. In this way, they became the first people to not only approve but endorse what we were attempting to do.
The people of Evans City in effect 'teamed-up' with us, subscribed to our hopes and dreams as if they were their own. It was as if, in accepting us, they were willing to accept the far-fetched idea that a film made by what could only be called 'amateurs' might just possibly have a chance at success. The film,Night of the Living Dead, was as its title suggests, a horror film, which further prejudiced its chance at any sort of lasting attention. But the people of Evans City knew nothing about box-office shares or audience-response polls. We believed, so they believed. And, in a hundred ways, they enabled us to complete the film.
In the end, our litte movie was distributed worldwide, was invited into the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 films of all time. We have all gotten careers out of its success. The film has somehow remained a favorite of audiences ever since its release in 1968, and a cult has formed around it. Hard as it is to believe, people travel from all over the world just to visit the place where the film was photographed.