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The Life After Death Project -- When bizarre incidents follow the passing of science-fiction film scholar, Forrest  J Ackerman, there is baffling physical evidence of an apparent "after death communication."
The Life After Death Project -- THE LIFE AFTER DEATH PROJECT is Paul Davids' feature documentary (1 hr 46 min) as shown on Syfy.  It is a mesmerizing quest for proof of survival of consciousness after death, and for After Death Communication (ADC).  4 New York Times best-selling authors (Richard Matheson, Whitley Strieber, Dannion Brinkley, Dr. Michael Shermer), 3 top science professors (Dr. Gary Schwartz, Dr. Jay Siegel and Dr. John Allison) and three well-respected mediums make a leap into the unknown, investigating astonishing evidence in the case of apparent After Death Communication from Sci-Fi luminary Forrest J Ackerman.  He was an important figure in the development of science-fiction, a "founding father" born in 1916 who played a key role in lifting the genre from the fringes into the mainstream, inspiring generations of top filmmakers (Peter Jackson, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Rick Baker, Dennis Muren and many others) who helped turn special effects films into a multi-billion dollar industry.  Ackerman's far-reaching influence was covered in the Saturn-Award winning Paul Davids film from Universal, "THE SCI-FI BOYS," honored as Best DVD of 2006.  Now director Davids and several others who were close to "Uncle Forry" are convinced that, despite Ackerman's skepticism while he was alive, he has "dropped them a line" from The Other Side, just as he promised he would do if he discovered he was wrong about life after death.  The filmmaker demonstrates that the "contacts" have continued for four years since his mentor's passing, and mediums from Israel, Australia and New Mexico add uncanny confirmations.  This film (being released on DVD in a 2-DVD set with its equally compelling sequel), considers at least 4 categories of evidence, taking us from skeptics to spiritualists and then to ground-breaking computer software developed by Dr. Gary Schwartz, that appears to facilitate communication between the living and the dead.   You will see this happening in real time in a university lab.


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15 May 2013 (USA) See more »
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A fascinating quest for proof of life after death -- a true-life enigma that begins with one small, odd incident and mushrooms into a huge scientific inquiry into apparent messages from the 'Other Side.' Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Matheson ... Himself
Whitley Strieber ... Himself
Dannion Brinkley ... Himself
Michael Shermer ... Himself
Gary E. Schwartz ... Himself
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself
Catherine Yunt ... Herself
Mark Macy ... Himself
Juanita Sena-Shannon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Johnston ... (Himself)
Lynne Kitei
Carl Langspecht ... Himself
Michael MacDonald ... Himself

Directed by
Paul Davids 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Davids 

Produced by
Hollace Davids .... executive producer
Paul Davids .... producer
Anne Strieber .... executive producer
Original Music by
Herman Beeftink 
Errol G. Specter 
Cinematography by
Paul Davids 
Film Editing by
Paul Davids 
Music Department
Sean Fernald .... music supervisor
Gael MacGregor .... music coordinator
Deborah Painter .... acknowledgment

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  • Syfy (2013) (USA) (TV)

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107 min
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Wonderful, Inspiring Film, 29 May 2013
Author: BEVERLY POTTER ( from SF BAy Area

Fantastic! Wow! Truly an incredible piece of filmmaking which will become historical literally breaking the bridge between life and death! I value that the film takes a scientific approach when possible, but it does not exclude evidence of other kinds that point to messages from departed friends and loved ones. By other kinds I mean both credible mediums who have participated in university-sponsored research programs and astonishing synchronicities -- those simply one-in-ten-million things that happen after someone dies that connect you directly to specific memories of that person. I think you all know what I mean. It's happened to so many of us. In my case, I am convinced that I've heard from my late husband repeatedly since he passed, and there are so many others like me. Why does contemporary science have such a hard time investigating these kinds of evidence and assigning credibility to it? How many cases does it take for mainstream science to wake up -- and by wake up I mean begin supporting this kind of research instead of stomping it out. Science goes only where research grants can be found. There are carrots and sticks. If the carrot isn't there -- i.e., the funding for research is absent -- and if there's a nasty stick -- meaning that ridicule and disgrace will follow all your footsteps and you will be ostracized from the academies of your scientific brethren if you take this "stuff" seriously.... well, then nothing advances. The paranormal remains buried with the label of "woo-woo" phenomena. They'll keep playing the "Twilight Zone" theme song every time you bring it up. What this film can contribute to changing all of that is, as I said at the beginning, historic. The credibility of the people in this documentary is top-notch.

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