Cory McAbee


Writer / Director / Producer / Actor / Composer

Cory McAbee. Photo by Joanna Michalska

Cory McAbee. Photo by Joanna Michalska

Cory McAbee is best known as writer and director of the 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 several award-winning short films and has worked as both an actor and musician in American and European features. McAbee is currently creating a modernized opera adaptation of an 1850’s American stage melodrama, while continuing to illustrate his first graphic novel, entitled RABBIT. In 2013 he finished the screenplay for his first feature length opera.

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Awards and Honors include:

CRAZY AND THIEF (2012)
Writer / Director / Composer

  • Special Features Jury Award. Indie Memphis. Memphis, TN.
  • Petit Format Award. New Visions category. Sitges International Film Festival. (Spain)
  • Indiewire. Top 10 Best Undistributed Films of 2012.
  • Forbidden Planet International. Best of the Year 2012. (UK)

STINGRAY SAM (2008)
Writer / Director / Actor / Composer / Storyboard Artist

  • Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
  • Best Science Fiction Fantasy Film. Comic-Con. CCI-IFF. San Diego
  • Special Jury Award. Innovation In Filmmaking. Indie Memphis
  • Best Director. Montevideo Fantastic Film Festival. Uruguay
  • Best Music / Original Score. Montevideo Fantastic Film Festival. Uruguay
  • Innovation Award. Sound Unseen. Minnesota
  • Audience Award. Special Mention. Intl Young Filmmakers festival. Granada, Spain
  • Honorary Mention. Sopot International Film Festival. Poland

THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (2001)
Writer / Director / Actor / Composer / Storyboard Artist

  • Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. Dramatic Competition.
  • Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Official Selection, Moscow International Film Festival.
  • Special Jury Award For Original Vision. Florida Film Festival.
  • Best Of The Fest. 5th Revelation Perth International Film Festival. Australia.
  • Best Feature Film. LUFF Lausanne. Switzerland.
  • Best Feature Film. Crossroads Film Festival. Jackson, MS.
  • TOP 10 FILMS of 2001. Film Threat Magazine.

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