FAMOUS MONSTER: FORREST J ACKERMAN, a one-hour Canadian TV documentary on sci-fi and horror’s greatest fan, will screen as part of a star-studded Ackerman tribute March 8th in Hollywood.

“It’s a real thrill and more than a little appropriate,” says Famous Monster producer/director Michael MacDonald of the Halifax-based Roadhouse Films. 

“Forry was a legend who spent his whole life living and working in Hollywood. To be asked to screen our doc for his friends and fans is a great honour.”

The TV documentary – a collaboration between MacDonald and former Halifax writer Ian Johnston (TV’s Liography, The Business) – was shot in Hollywood and Toronto. It aired originally in Canada on Space and City-TV.

Famous Monster focuses on 90 years in the life of editor/agent/collector Ackerman, who once possessed the world’s large collection of fantasy film memorabilia. Known as Uncle Forry to his fans, Ackerman is credited with coining the word “sci-fi” and inspiring …

UFO Evening at the Empire
Wed at 7pm. Take me to your hot butter topping. Producers Paul Kimball and Mike Macdonald feed our insatiable need to prove there’s life beyond; according to Ufology Research of Manitoba, there were 673 UFO sightings reported in Canada in 2003, the highest ever in the country. A screening of two UFO docs is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and a Ufologist. Oxford Theatre,…

Sunday, October 12, 2003

UFO study defended

HALIFAX — Pop culture and crackpots have hijacked the scientific study of UFOs, turning it into a running joke, says UFO researcher Chris Styles.

Best known for his work on the 1967 case of a suspected UFO crash in Shag Harbour, N.S., Styles was expected to be among five experts speaking this weekend in Halifax at an international symposium on unidentified flying objects.

For him, proof that UFOs exist can be found in an unlikely place: Canadian government documents.

Through federal access requests, he’s found detailed reports from RCMP officers and Defence Department officials chronicling decades of strange sightings in our skies.

“A lot of what goes on nowadays really isn’t ufology, it’s what I call alienology,” says Styles, co-author of Dark Object, a book about the Shag Harbour incident.

“Everybody’s already got their answers and they’re just trying to make the data fit …

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“He was the original geek, the nerd zero from which every sci-fi or monster fan sprung deformed.” This is easily the best line in this bio of Forrest J. Ackerman and his 85-year love affair with science fiction. Ackerman, or Forry as he’s affectionately known, coined the word sci-fi and embraced the genre before it even had a name. As the playful uber-fan tells it, it all started when he picked the right set of grandparents. “One year they took me to 356 films and in one single day to seven movies. The minute I saw Phantom of the Opera, I was doomed. My grandparents realized the kind of movies I wanted to see.” Forry earned his rep as the ultimate sci-fi fanatic. His collection of props and movie memorabilia was once the largest in the world. He was for …


The most famous monster of filmland
Ackermonster rises again in TV special on the founder of sci-fi
May 13, 2007 04:30 AM

Rob Salem

He is the Founding Father of Fandom, the King of Collectors, the Guru of Geek, the Duke of Dork . . . the man who turned “speculative fiction” into “sci-fi” . . .

Uncle Forry. The Ackermonster. Dr. Acula . . . Forrest J Ackerman – the most famous monster of filmland.

Cable channel Space pays tribute to fantasy’s first and foremost fan with an affectionate hour-long homegrown homage, Famous Monster, one of several being shot in the 90-year-old Ackerman’s declining years, debuting Wednesday night at 9.

“We figured it was now or never,” says after-the-fact Forry fan Ian Johnston, who co-created the documentary with Halifax-based writer/director Michael MacDonald.

Johnston, at 42, is just a little too young to appreciate the initial …

A look at one of the true pioneers of science fiction


A World Television Premiere – Wednesday, May 16 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

“If Forrest J Ackerman had not existed, it would have been necessary to invent him.”

-Anthony Boucher, author

(Toronto – May 1, 2007)  Known amongst some of the biggest names in Hollywood as “Forry” or the “Ackermonster”, Forrest J (no period after the J by preference) Ackerman may not be a household name, but he has influenced the lives of people such as Roger CormanBoris KarloffL. Ron Hubbard (the founder of the Church of Scientology) and Ray Bradbury.  Famous Monster, premiering Wednesday, May 16 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on SPACE,delves into the life of the kooky and eccentric fellow who embraced science fiction well before the term was known, and when it became popular in the 1950s, coined the cooler …

Johnston, Macdonald film Famous Monster

Ian Johnston, former Halifax-based journalist, was in town last week to do the final edit of his current documentary Famous Monster for the Space Channel.

Johnston is writer and co-creator of the doc with director Michael Macdonald, who’s producing it through his Roadhouse Films.

It is expected to air in May and will also be submitted for the Atlantic Film Festival in September.

The documentary is about Forrest J Ackerman, the first science fiction fan, editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, and the guy who coined the word “”sci-fi””.

It was shot in Hollywood last spring and fall.

Greg Guy

Chronicle Herald…

THE HERO’S HERO: The Forgotten Life of William Barker

22nd Annual Atlantic Film Festival screening Tuesday September 16, 2003

Road House Films Inc. and Ocean Entertainment Ltd. are pleased to announce the first public screening of Michael MacDonald’s latest documentary, “The Hero’s Hero: The Forgotten Life of William Barker,” at the 22nd annual Atlantic Film Festival. The one-hour film about this gifted WWI flying Ace will screen on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:15 p.m. at Famous Players Park Lane Cinema 6.

“Barker was the greatest, and deserves his place in the pantheon of Canadian flying heroes. It’s time that Billy Barker, the undiscovered hero, was better known. This terrific film helps Canadians appreciate who he was and the legacy he left.”
— Pierre Berton

“A heartfelt biography . . . a stirring story . . . surprising revelations . . . timely viewing.”
– Andrew Ryan, The Globe and Mail…

The Hero’s Hero: The Forgotten Life of William Barker

Being a fighter pilot in the First World War was a little like signing your own death warrant. The planes were primitive and there was little training. The average life expectancy of a pilot was less than three weeks, yet William George Barker logged more time in the air than virtually any other pilot. To other pilots Barker was their hero—The Hero’s Hero—earning an unprecedented 12 medals for courage and valour. Yet, the very talents that made him an Ace, would ultimately betray him in a peace time life that was marred with disappointment and, ultimately, tragedy.


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airs Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00 AM EST  (CC)…