Friday, November 15
The AckerMonster Chronicles!
2012 / USA / 90 min / Hi Definition Digital Director: Jason Brock
Cast: Forrest J Ackerman, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, John Landis
Print Source: Jason Brock
Q & A w/William F. Nolan, Jason & Sunni Brock
Forrest J Ackerman could quite possibly be the greatest fanboy who ever lived. Fascinated by the realms of science fiction and fantasy from his childhood, he merged his lifelong passion with his literary talents (he actually came up with the term “sci-fi”) to promote and immortalize both the classics of the genres and the up-and-comers and the wish they weres through his Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine from the late 1950s through the early 1980s. Along the way, he collected vast amounts of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia, ephemera, and props, which he displayed in his home (a.k.a. “The Ackermansion”). Serving as mentor and inspiration to legions of fans of science fiction and fantasy literature and films, he allowed anyone to come tour his collection unescorted and would regale all comers with tales of his life among the creators of some of the most classic imagery ever to come out of Hollywood. This affectionate biographical documentary by Jason Brock includes some of the last interviews with Ackerman, who died in 2008, along with tributes from Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, John Landis, and more.
William F. Nolan
William F. Nolan writes mostly in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Though best known for coauthoring the acclaimed dystopian science fiction novel Logan’s Run with George Clayton Johnson, Nolan is the author of more than 2000 pieces (fiction, nonfiction, articles, and books), and has edited twenty-six anthologies in his fifty-plus year career.
Of his numerous awards, there are a few of which he is most proud: being voted a Living Legend in Dark Fantasy by the International Horror Guild in 2002; twice winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America; being awarded the honorary title of Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2006, and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association in 2010. Nolan resides in Vancouver, WA.
Jason V Brock
Is an award-winning writer, editor, filmmaker, composer, and artist, and has been published in Butcher Knives & Body Counts, Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities, Fungi, Weird Fiction Review, Fangoria, S. T. Joshi’s Black Wings series, and many others. He was Art Director/Managing Editor for Dark Discoveries magazine for more than four years, and has a biannual pro digest called [NameL3ss], which can be found on Twitter: @NamelessMag, and on the Interwebs at HYPERLINK “http://www.Nameless- Mag.com” www.NamelessMag.com. He and his wife, Sunni, also run Cycatrix Press.
As a filmmaker, his work includes the documentaries Charles Beaumont: The Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man, The AckerMonster Chronicles!, and Image, Reflection, Shadow: Artists of the Fantastic. He is the primary composer and instrumental- ist/singer for his band, ChiaroscurO. Brock loves his wife, their family of reptiles/amphibians, travel, and vegan/vegetarianism.
He is active on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter (@JaSunni_JasonVB), and their personal website/blog, HYPERLINK www.JaSunni.com
Sunni K Brock
Sunni K Brock has been involved in digital creations since the late 1980s. She has consulted for Microsoft, Adobe, and Sonic Solutions. She has written nearly a thousand technical articles, created multi-media training, and developed numerous software tools. She is also a field expert in intelligent algorithms and language analysis. In spite of her strong background in Computer Science, she’s not just a geek: Sunni is also a published poet, writer, and talented vegetarian cook. If she had spare time, she would spend it work- ing with genealogy, doing crafts, shopping at the farmer’s market, and conducting experiments on controlled randomness.
As one-half of the team of JaSunni Productions, LLC, her main functions are editor and sound technician. She is also a guiding force behind the company’s vision and direction along with her husband, Jason V Brock. She enjoys spending her days working alongside Jason, tending to their pet reptiles, and aggravating friends on Facebook.