Battlestar Galactica, DIR. Richard A. Colla & Alan J. Levi

Defender of the Universe: Alan J. Levi

Battlestar Galactica: Saga of a Star World
(40th Anniversary Screening)

Space Opera

D: Richard A. Colla & Alan J. Levi | USA | 125 min | 1978

Dec 7th, 7:00pm (Alpha)

Writer: Glen A. Larson

Cast: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene

After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth. More than just a television pilot, "Saga of a Star World" was shot in widescreen, re-edited and released theatrically in Canada, Australia and some countries in Europe and Latin America before the Battlestar Galactica aired in the United States. Although he never received on-screen credit, Alan J. Levi took over "Saga of a Star World" after Richard Colla was dropped several weeks into shooting.

Defender of the Universe, Alan J. Levi

The Defender of the Universe Award honors a cinematic star or mentor whose heroic actions help mold us into
the future humans we aspire to be. In stories that examine what it means to be human, often in the face of rapidly developing technology, alternate histories or multi-galaxial space sagas where we are just one of the many players in a political landscape, SciFi heroes teach us who we are and what we value.

Alan J. Levi has directed of 350 hours of prime-time network television, including such SciFi staples THE INCREDIBLE HULK (1978), THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN (1974), THE BIONIC WOMAN (1976), QUANTUM LEAP (1989), MISFITS OF SCIENCE (1985), THE INVISIBLE MAN (1975), PROBE (1988), VOYAGERS! (1982), LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1994), and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1996). Alan also helmed other notable series, such as MAGNUM, P.I. (1980), DR. QUINN MEDICINE WOMAN (1993), NCIS (2003), ER (2002), JAG (1997), COLUMBO (1971), and countless others.


Dec 8th, 4:50pm (Alpha)

A one-of-a-kind chat with Levi about his career as well as a secret selection from his past, hand-picked by the director himself.