ARRIVING IN 2019
Director Cory McAbee is best known as the writer, director, songwriter and composer for the internationally acclaimed feature films, The American Astronaut (2001), Stingray Sam (2009), Crazy and Thief (2012) and as singer / songwriter for the musical group The Billy Nayer Show (1989–2011). He has created award-winning animated and live-action short films and has worked as both an actor and musician in American and European features. He has written many screenplays, including his recent feature length opera, while continuing to illustrate his graphic novel series entitled, Rabbit. In 2015 McAbee wrote, recorded and produced his first solo album. Music from this album is being used to develop the globally generated feature film Deep Astronomy. McAbee is the writer, director and co-producer of this feature.
About DEEP ASTRONOMY
Deep Astronomy follows the story of a singing motivational speaker (Cory McAbee) who travels the world urging people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and to start looking for the stars within their own minds. The seminars feature optimistic songs about quitting, accepting one’s own limitations and the power of sitting quietly. Through lectures and conversations with his live audiences McAbee introduces his theories of Deep Astronomy, Truth vs. Fact, transdimensional drifting and the Romantic Sciences.
McAbee’s journey begins when he falls from a barstool and hits the back of his head on the floor. Upon impact he sees a star within himself. Researching, identifying and defending the star’s existence becomes his calling. He leaves his wife and children behind in his attempt to educate the public about his theories while urging people to pursue the truth by ignoring the facts. His experiments and speeches are based on the crude beginnings of ideas, but in the hands of his followers become much more.
The balance between pursuing his incomprehensible calling and supporting his beloved family back home becomes tenuous as he struggles with the widening gap between his beliefs and his priorities. Faced with financial disaster he is forced to abandon his crusade in favor of love.
This project has been developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Story Lab. Events have been featured and documented at the New York Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, 36th Stage Songs Review (Wrocław, Poland), Séance Magazine Festival (Saint Petersburg, RU), Unknown Pleasures Festival (Berlin), Marfa Film Festival (TX), and at theaters, museums, galleries, night clubs, pubs and universities throughout the world.