Sunday, March 8 – 4:00 PM, the Egyptian Theatre will present A Tribute To Forrest J. Ackerman, one of the most Famous Monsters of them all, celebrating his memory, friendship and the legions of fans. Join them at this free event for testimonials from those who knew and loved Forry, plus film clips, slides, performances and more! Reception preceding the tribute starting at 3:00 PM. Updates on speakers will be listed on the Cinematheque website.
Beginning at 7:00 PM, there will be a Forrest J. Ackerman Tribute Double Feature: Famous Monster: Forrest J. Ackerman, 2007, Roadhouse Films, Inc., 48 minutes, directed by Michael McDonald. The documentary Famous Monster takes a fast-paced, colorful look at the life of science fiction’s greatest fan — Forrest J. Ackerman, whose 85-year love affair with the genre helped bring it into the mainstream and shape the way we view science fiction today. 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.
The Time Travelers, 1964, MGM Repertory, 82 min. Writer-director Ib Melchior is renowned for his work on some of the most imaginative science-fiction films of the 1950s and 1960s, including The Angry Red Planet, Robinson Crusoe On Mars, Reptilicus and Planet Of The Vampires, along with The Outer Limits TV series. 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. Discussion in between films with Famous Monster filmmakers Michael Macdonald and Ian Johnston.