The Annandale Lyceum will sponsor a special presentation of “The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made” by Erik Courtney on Monday, February 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the CE Forum on the Annandale Campus. The event is free and open to all.
Some of the best movies you have never seen have had a tremendous influence on your favorite films. “Jodorwsky’s Dune” (1974) is a classic example: a never-released film starring Salvador Dali, Orson Wells and Mick Jagger among others, that has had a direct influence on everything from the “Matrix” to “Blade Runner,” “Alien,” “Prometheus” and “Terminator.” The presentation looks at several of these lost classics, including Brian Singer’s “Battlestar Galactica” and Steven Spielberg’s “Night Skies,” tracing the path to the movies and TV shows they ultimately inspired.
Born in Miami, Florida, Courtney earned his bachelor’s degree in film studies from Columbia University and his master’s from University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Film and Television. Shortly thereafter, he worked in feature development at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. After leaving Lightstorm, Courtney went on to direct “The Persistence of Dreams,” a four-minute experimental IMAX depiction of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the only recreation ever filmed inside Ford’s Theatre. He and his cinematographer were awarded a patent for the IMAX post-production process they invented to create the film. Courtney’s next project was his award-winning science fiction short film “Forecast” which has been shown at festivals throughout the world. In addition to writing and directing, Courtney has worked as a visual effects artist since 2004 with credits on “Hitchcock,” “Knight and Day” and “The Tourist.”