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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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If you're out there, give us a sign
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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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Well done documentary that focused on the subject, not the hype. See more (16 total) »

Cast

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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
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Ian Johnston ... (Himself)
Lynne Kitei
Michael MacDonald ... Himself
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Directed by
Paul Davids 
 
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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
 
Thanks
Deborah Painter .... acknowledgment
 

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Well done documentary that focused on the subject, not the hype., 28 May 2013
Author: George Stadalski from Evans Mills, NY

This documentary proves that you do not need to fabricate evidence to keep the viewers attention. The focus is on the events that occurred, not the potential for dramatizing unrelated events and piecing together a flimsy story to substantiate vague claims. It is an intelligent telling of an intricate story that is worth watching even if you are not interested in the subject matter. The story takes seemingly unrelated occurrences and ties them together weaving a tapestry of events that must be seen to be believed. The use of scientific research is unprecedented and if more paranormal investigators worked this way, we would be gaining ground exponentially.

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