Partner Gary Essert, buried together
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA, Plot Lincoln Terrace, Lot 4518, Space 3
Gary Essert (1938 - December 16, 1992) was co-founder in 1971, along with partner Gary Abrahams (1944 - November 5, 1992), of FILMEX, the Los Angeles Film International Festival. Later, the two created the American Cinematheque in 1983. Both men passed away in 1992 due to the complication of AIDS at 1 month of distance.
Abrahams also was a founder of American Cinematheque, like Filmex an organization devoted to the international motion picture community in which films are selected from often exotic locations around the world for screening locally. Over the years millions of people have seen hundreds of films at the two festivals.
A native of Cleveland and a graduate of the University of Arizona, Abrahams came to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and worked in development for Paramount Television and later as director of corporate relations and merchandising for Marble Arch Productions.
He and Gary Essert, his longtime companion, founded Filmex in 1971 and American Cinematheque in 1983.
Abrahams also was a producer of "The Movies," a four-hour history of the American film industry shown on ABC-TV in 1975.
Gary Essert and Gary Abrahams are buried together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA, Plot: Lincoln Terrace, L-4518B.