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COURTNEY SOLOMON (Director/Producer) is a director, producer and writer and the co-founder and CEO of After Dark Films, the highly successful film studio known for its commitment to the horror genre. He established his reputation as a filmmaker with "An American Haunting," starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek, writing, directing, producing and independently distributing the hit horror feature film, which debuted at the top of the box office charts its opening weekend. Solomon's next project is the feature film "Re-Kill," starring Bruce Payne, Roger R. Cross, Daniella Alonso and Scott Adkins, which he also produced. With After Dark Films, Solomon acquired and distributed a number of controversial and critically acclaimed indie features, including "Captivity," directed by Roland Joffe; "Skinwalkers," starring Jason Behr and Rhona Mitra; "Fierce People," starring Donald Sutherland, Diane Lane and Kristen Stewart; "Wristcutters: A Love Story," starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon; "Echelon Conspiracy," starring Edward Burns, Ving Rhames and Martin Sheen; "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt," starring Michael Douglas, Jesse Metcalfe and Amber Tamblyn; and "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox and Jeff Bridges.

For the horror genre, Solomon redefined the traditional film festival with the 2006 launch of the Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For franchise, an annual, weeklong, nationwide theatrical event, followed by a DVD release in partnership with Lionsgate. After four years and 32 horror films released under this banner, he transformed After Dark Films from an acquisition entity into a mini-studio.

Today, After Dark Films develops, acquires, produces, markets and distributes its own feature films. It is known for quality horror films under the franchise After Dark Originals: A New Brand of Fear. For its inaugural year, Solomon produced all eight of the first Originals slate, in partnership with Syfy and Lionsgate.

Solomon recently partnered with filmmaker Joel Silver to produce five original action films, launching a new franchise banner for his company called After Dark Action, which includes the feature films "Transit," starring Jim Caviezel, James Frain and Elisabeth Rohm; "Dragon Eyes," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Cung Le; "The Philly Kid," with Neal McDonough, Devon Sawa and Wes Chatham; "Stash House," with Dolph Lundgren, Sean Faris, Briana Evigan, and Jon Huertas; and "El Gringo."

A longtime fan of the popular role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons," Solomon began negotiations for the film rights as a teenager, finally acquiring them in the 1990s to make his directing and producing debut with actors Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans and Thora Birch. He is currently producing a new "Dungeons & Dragons" film for Warner Bros. under his Sweetpea Entertainment production entity.


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