Considered the biggest fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror, Forrest J. Ackerman, 92, died on Dec. 4, 2008. Tributes to him have been paid in both print and online and now Profiles in History has joined American Cinematheque for a tribute to him at the Egyptian Theatre, in Hollywood, Calif., on Sunday, March 8.
The event will open with reception starting at 3pm. This will be followed, at 4pm, by displays of auction items Profiles in History are handling, and testimonials, film clips, slides, performances and more. According to American Cinematheque, confirmed guests include Ray Bradbury, James Warren (publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine) and John Landis.
Later that evening, at 7pm, there will be a Forrest J. Ackerman Tribute Double Feature:
Roadhouse Films’ documentary on Ackerman, Famous Monster: Forrest J. Ackerman (2007).
Description: “Through archival footage, film clips and interviews with Ackerman and the fans and filmmakers he inspired, we follow Ackerman as he grows from a kid reading Amazing Stories magazine and watching movies like Metropolis and Phantom of the Opera, to a literary agent for some of the biggest names in fantasy writing, to the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, a magazine that inspired generations of filmmakers.”
MGM Repertory’s The Time Travelers (1964)
Description: “The Time Travelers is one of his most ingenious concoctions, as a group of scientists (including Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders and John Hoyt) experimenting with a time portal are catapulted into a post-nuclear apocalyptic future. Look for Forry in a cameo.”
In between the films, there will be discussions with Famous Monster filmmakers Michael Macdonald and Ian Johnston.
For more information, visit www.americancinematheque.com.