Courtney Solomon

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Courtney Solomon
Born (1971-09-01) September 1, 1971 (age 44)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation
Years active 2000–present

Courtney Solomon (September 1, 1971)[1] is a Canadian producer, director and screenwriter. He is the founder of the film production company After Dark Films.

Life and career[edit]

Solomon was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2] In the 1990s, he founded Sweetpea Entertainment as a vehicle to produce a science fiction television series or MMORPG. In 1996, Sweetpea advanced Imperium Games seed money to launch as a company dedicated to the role-playing game Traveller, in exchange for equity and media rights.[3]:330 In 2000, with Solomon producing and directing, Sweetpea released the film Dungeons & Dragons, based on the role-playing game of the same name.[3]:334 Five years later, Solomon and Hong Kong-based business magnate Allan Zeman formed the production company After Dark Films, with Solomon as a partner and CEO. He wrote and directed the company's first release, An American Haunting, starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland, a story based on Tennessee's Bell Witch legend.

In 2006, Solomon created the After Dark Horrorfest, also known as 8 Films to Die For, an annual film festival featuring eight acquired independent horror films subsequently distributed in theaters nationwide by Lions Gate Entertainment. Following this, After Dark Films launched After Dark Originals, a series featuring eight originally produced horror films, some of which premiered on the cable channel Syfy.

In 2012, Solomon created a lineup of five films collectively called After Dark Action. The films were released in theaters nationwide in the same model as Horrorfest and were launched with Warner Brothers Digital and Home Video.[4] The franchise involved After Dark, Joel Silver and Dark Castle for a series of films featuring actors such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, and Christian Slater.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer
2000 Dungeons & Dragons Yes Yes No
2005 An American Haunting Yes Yes Yes
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God No Yes No
2007 Captivity No Yes No
2009 Universal Soldier: Regeneration No Yes No
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations No Yes No
Slaughter No Yes No
Perkins' 14 No Yes No
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt No Yes No
2010 Prowl No Yes No
2011 The Task No Yes No
Seconds Apart No Yes No
Husk No Yes No
Fertile Ground No Yes No
51 No Yes No
Scream of the Banshee No Yes No
2012 Transit No Yes No
Bullet to the Head No Yes No
Dragon Eyes No Yes No
El Gringo No Yes No
The Philly Kid No Yes No
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning No Yes No
Stash House No Yes No
Re-Kill No Yes No
2013 Dark Circles No Yes No
Getaway Yes Yes No
2014 Bad Country No Yes No
2015 Cake No Yes No
2016 Mr. Church No Yes No
Burn Your Maps No Yes No
The Yellow Birds No Yes No
2017 The Comedian No Yes No

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snyder, S. Jams (July 13, 2007). "Creating a Captive Audience". The New York Sun. Retrieved November 11, 2013. ...the 35-year-old founder of After Dark... 
  2. ^ Cieply, Michael (June 25, 2007). "Already Under Fire, a Producer Is Going Further". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Appelcline, Shannon (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  4. ^ "Five New Films Announced as Part of After Dark Action" (Press release). After Dark Films via ComingSoon.net. April 2, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 2, 2012). "Dark Castle, After Dark Cue Action Banner". Variety. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 

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