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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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Cast

  (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
Michael MacDonald ... Himself

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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  • Syfy (2013) (USA) (TV)

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The Life After Death Project was very well done., 19 May 2013
Author: firebird-689-188342 from United States

After decades of personal experience in the world of the paranormal and reading and viewing thousands of works in such field by others I have grown for the most part jaded by yet another film in most fields regarding the paranormal. That said I have to say that this work of producer Paul Davids was well done indeed. His meticulous documentation of multiple synchronism's regarding the apparent attempts of Forest J. Ackerman to contact living friends after his death, were very thorough.

In the world of courts and the law, I would say this film went far into proving its case by the legal concept of "a preponderance of the evidence." As multiple venues were explored, from scientists with impressive credentials who examined some of the evidence to using psychics to gain information without knowing about whom or what so that it was like a scientific blind study.

In my lifetime of looking at paranormal works, I have not seen one on ghosts or afterlife communication as well done as this one. It is a standout. And again if this were the evidence presented in a court of law this film would more than make the case for its premise to any reasonable jury.

Barbara Finney

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