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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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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
It's about the journey, not the destination. . ., 17 May 2013
Author: Ed Blair from United States

I was disappointed to see the other reviewer who took the film to task for not being scientific enough, thus disqualifying it—by this person's standards—from being a real "documentary". Not to be glib, but I'm uncomfortable with another person appointing them self arbiter as to what is, and what is not, a real documentary.

A good documentary documents real life occurrences. Simple. This film is not a project that sets out to prove via hard science whether or not there is an afterlife. To approach the film from that perspective, which is what it appeared our first reviewer did, would completely invalidate the experience of the film.

The film is a personal journey. It is about a man who, after the death of a close friend—legendary editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, Forrest J Ackerman—finds odd things happening to him, things he is unable to put into the category of normal, everyday happenings. This man, Paul Davids, attempts to find meaning in these strange events through both science and mysticism, while also consulting with some of the preeminent genre writers, men who have given a great deal of thought to the otherworldly, men like writer Richard Matheson (Hell House, What Dreams May Come) and Whitley Strieber, whose book Communion left an entire generation with a bad case of insomnia.

To look at this film as some authority on the science of the soul is to do it a great injustice. The film is ultimately a buddy story. It is about a sweet man who wants nothing more than to chat with his friend one last time. It is a film that gives hope to all those who have lost someone dear.

So at the end of it all, was I convinced that Paul had actually been contacted by Mr. Ackerman? I will say that it was a fun ride. There were some truly strange events. When it comes right down to it I'm much like Fox Mulder: I want to believe.

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